“Oh, and remember that she’s still in her mourning period, so don’t buy any clothes in the colors she can’t wear. Also, we’ll have to buy more vegetarian dishes in the future. For instance, more tofu will be a must, and also ask around for any nearby families that raise cattle and see about getting some milk. She’s so young but she has to spend the next three years in mourning, and on top of that she will be coming here to learn. She will need more nutrition to keep up with it all.”
Pengmo noted down everything his master said one by one, with a wide grin on his face the whole time. When Song Yi saw him like that, he frowned and asked: “Why are you smiling like that?”
Pengmo replied, “This small one is just happy for you master. It seems that ever since the madam…” Pengmo paused, “Anyway, it’s good to see you finally recover your spirit.”
For the past while, Pengmo could only watch as his master had stayed at home and closed himself in his study, doing nothing but reading and painting all day. Although there had been nothing wrong with his health, he had always seemed listless. However, after Young Miss Su came, their courtyard had suddenly become lively and energetic.
And it was also very obvious that Song Yi himself was also much more energetic than before. He wasn’t spending all of his time giving off the aura of a man in the twilight of his life while he brooded over the late madam anymore.
When Song Yi heard his response, he laughed and said, “Since you know, go and see if that girl needs any help.”
Pengmo agreed and quickly left the room. Once he was gone, Song Yi slowly took out a jade bracelet. The bracelet was something that had obviously been often held and touched often, because it’s formerly lustrous green color was smudged and worn.
“If you knew how I’ve been acting until now, I’m sure you would laugh at me. Actually, I’m afraid that you would feel distressed for me and really want to teach me a lesson. This little girl is just like you were when you were younger. Her eyes are obviously full of nothing but money, but at the same time, there isn’t a trace of greed. Just looking at her reminds me of our Zhuo’er… you know, if our Zhuo’er has already been reincarnated then she should be about as old as this little girl. Anyways, I think I’ll be fine. But don’t walk too far ahead of me, just wait awhile for me to come and find you!”
Song Yi’s eyes were red when he finished speaking. Eventually, he tucked the bracelet away again and got up to go stand in the doorway, where he looked at the little girl who was busy in the kitchen. She had already sent Su Nuo out to play in the yard and was currently refusing Pengmo’s offer to help her.
“Pengmo, I’m telling you, with my skill, I could be the chef in a big restaurant. I think master must have eaten my cooking and decided to accept me as his disciple on the spot. But it’s also because what you were cooking before was just so bad, don’t you think so? Hey, if I awaken to my artistic talent and learn to draw and so on, do you think I will be able to sell my paintings for ten or twenty taels of silver in the future?”
Even while she was in the kitchen and cooking busily, she still had the leeway to talk casually with Pengmo. However, when Pengmo heard her question, he sent an uncomfortable look in Song Yi’s direction. He really didn’t dare to answer this question.
Song Yi sternly reprimanded her from the doorway, “Can’t you think a little bigger? Is my, Song Yi’s, disciple only worth such a paltry amount of money?”
When she heard what Song Yi said, Su Tang poked her head out of the kitchen and asked: “Master, are your disciples worth silver? Around how much silver are they worth? A hundred taels?”
Song Yi pointed at her speechlessly, “Do you have anything in your mind except for money?”
Su Tang said, “It seems there really is some money to be made, ah. Master, you shouldn’t tell this disciple how valuable she is. I’m afraid I might be tempted to sell myself.”
“Ridiculous.” Su Tang’s tone made it clear she was joking, so Song Yi couldn’t help but smile along, but soon he regained himself and scolded her.
“For those who want to achieve something, they all know they have only one life, and that life is something very valuable to each of them. Thus their one and only life should be spent in an upright and determined way. Even if they end up facing setbacks or not reaching their goals, they should not feel shame for their mediocrity or remorse for their wasted time. Because time spent that way is not be truly wasted.”
As her master lectured her, the little girl put together a plate of shredded potatoes and gave them to Pengmo to send over to Song Yi. Her next words, which she said in a breezy tone, stunned Song Yi:
“Well, master certainly isn’t bothering himself with his disciples desires for success too much. After all, if they live a life like that, won’t the disciples have to give up too much? The world of we mortals is a shallow thing, people only want for good company, flowers in their hands, wine to drink, and money to spend. Beyond that, what’s really needed?” Su Tang shook her head.