Su Tang could see that, if she really wanted a shop on East Street then she would have to buy one from this Mr. Lin. After all, If she decided she didn’t like his shops and walked away now, who knew when the next time another shop would come up for sale.
“Sixty taels!” Su Tang really felt that this place was suitable for her needs and she liked it. If it was instead one of those noisy central shops, she probably wouldn’t like it at all. And although the main room wasn’t as good as the one she was living in now, in truth, her only requirement was ‘having her own room’ because that way she could go to rest in her space.
Inside the space, the weather was like spring all year round and it was very quiet and tranquil. Because of that, after moving to town, she had always been resting in her space anyway, so she felt it didn’t really matter what kind of room she stayed in on the outside. After all, they were all pretty much the same to her now. However, she didn’t just want to let Zhang Zheng set a price and stupidly nod her head to pay it.
Zhang Zheng heard Su Tang’s counteroffer and his expression turned hesitant. However, he didn’t want this deal to fall through, so he asked Su Tang to wait a moment and pulled Mr. Lin aside to talk to him in private.
Sixty taels was actually a little cheap, but it would be hard to find a buyer for this smaller shop. After Zhang Zheng explained everything to Mr. Lin, Mr. Lin eventually decided to agree on sixty taels because he was anxious to quickly get money for his son’s treatment.
When Zhang Zheng saw him nod and agree, he quickly went back to Su Tang with a smile on his face. “Miss Su, it’s settled, and the price is sixty silver. When should we go to finish all of the formalities?”
If you wanted to transfer ownership of land in Qinghe Town, it was necessary to go to the county seat and handle it through the county government. After all, Qinghe Town was under the jurisdiction of the larger Qinghe County, which had county magistrates and Yamen working to handle these matters.
“As soon as possible.” Su Tang replied.
Zhang Zheng was happy to hear this answer, and he said: “Mr. Lin had the same intentions, so why don’t we hire a carriage now and head directly to the county seat?”
“En!” Su Tang didn’t want to waste any time on this matter. Anyway, she only had two shops to choose from in the first place, so it would be better to just solve everything in one go and not try to be picky.
After all, the sooner she could settle the transfer of ownership, the sooner she would be able to pack up and gather all the tools she needed, and the sooner she would be able to start her business.
The Spring Festival was coming up soon, so there would soon be many people who needed to give courtesy gifts to friends and relatives. The sweets she planned to sell would be a good choice for such gifts, so the sooner she could begin business, the better.
Zhang Zheng and Mr. Lin also said they were willing to go handle the formalities today. Mr. Lin, needed money quickly, so naturally he wasn’t unwilling, and Zhang Zheng was being paid so he was the same. The decision made, Zhang Zheng went out and hired a carriage to take them all to the county seat.
Qinghe Town wasn’t far from the county seat, and it took less than an hour to arrive there by carriage. Zhang Zheng often did the job of a middle man, so he was familiar with all of the necessary procedures. After they arrived in front of the building that housed the county government, he directly led Su Tang and Mr. Lin through all the steps and, before long, Su Tang had a shiny new deed for the shop.
Mr. Lin also received the silver from Su Tang, so Zhang Zheng announced the deal concluded and collected his fees from both Su Tang and Mr. Lin.
Su Tang felt a bit moved as she looked down at the deed in her hands with her own name clearly printed on it. This was the very first step in her long journey and, although it was only one small and remote shop for now, having this deed in her hands gave Su Tang a unique sense of satisfaction in her heart.
In her previous life, she hadn’t even had the qualifications to work as a servant for those big shots in their big houses, but now after transmigrating over she was finally able to buy her own land for the first time, and she hadn’t even needed to take out a loan. It was somehow a very good feeling.
When all of this was done with, it was already getting late, so Su Tang only took a cursory glance around at the scene in the county seat. It was indeed worthy to be called to the county seat, as it was a much more prosperous place than Qinghe Town.
But soon she was riding on the carriage back to Qinghe Town and, at a certain point on the road, Su Tang asked them to let her off the carriage. After getting down from the carriage she quickly walked over to the Song residence.
Of course, when he finally saw her, Song Yi naturally had a few words to say about her only showing up so late in the day. Su Tang couldn’t stand his preaching, so she only studied for a little while before deciding to head back home.
But when Song Yi saw how late it was, he was worried Su Tang might be in danger alone, so he asked Pengmo send her back.
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