While Su Nuo studied very attentively it was clear something was off. After all, Su Tang was always busy with a lot of things every day. Even if she wasn’t here running the store, she would be off studying with Song Yi.
And the rest of the people in the household were all are subordinates who had large age differences compared to Su Nuo and they all always acted very respectful, so it was a lot different from the way it had been back in Sujia Village. There wasn’t really anyone for Su Nuo to play with, and he often appeared a bit lonely.
Su Tang could see that because of this the little guy didn’t seem as lively as he used to be. She also noticed how the little guy would stick to her as much as he could without interfering with her work every time she went back. All in all, she knew that things weren’t easy for the little guy these days. She had a plan to deal with this matter soon, but it wasn’t ready yet so she couldn’t say anything for now.
Instead, she pinched his fleshy little cheek and said. “My Xiao Nuo is great!”
“En! I’m my sister’s brother!” After the little guy was praised he held his head high and looked very proud and Su Tang couldn’t help but smile along.
Zhang Cuilan watched this exchange attentively, but her eyes kept wandering worriedly to where Baohe was working outside. Knowing that the mother was worrying about her daughter, Su Tang said, “Go ahead and take the food out to Baohe. Xiao Nuo and I will stay here and eat inside.”
After getting Su Tang’s order, Zhang Cuilan saluted happily and then quickly went to send the food to her daughter. Su Tang saw this scene and sighed in her heart. It was true that no matter what era you were in, a child was a mother’s treasure.
When Baohe saw her mother coming she exclaimed happily and greeted her with a smile. Zhang Cuilan quickly passed over the meal and the chopsticks and told her daughter to eat quickly while she went to watch the counter for her.
Inside the cafe, Su Tang began to eat but, after taking a few bites, she put down her chopsticks.
After a while, Baohe finished eating and Su Tang had Zhang Cuilan take Su Nuo back. After all, this inner part of the cafe was intended for only female guests, so it wasn’t good to let Su Nuo stay there, even if he was still a child.
The little guy was very sensible for his age and knew that he couldn’t disturb his sister’s work, so he obediently followed Zhang Cuilan back.
Then, after the academy let out for the day, Zhu Ran and his friends came back again. Taking advantage of today’s half price promotion, Zhu Ran had bought six cupcakes, two pots of milk tea, two pieces of cheesecake, and even ten pieces of toffee during the lunch break.
But, in the end, the food he bought smelled so good that he had eaten three of the cupcakes, so he had come back to buy three more.
Li Qiang and Wang Hong didn’t buy as much as he did, but they also bought several cupcakes while saying that they wanted to give them a taste.
In addition to Zhu Ran’s group, there were also several people who had all chipped in and bought a few pots of milk tea and then divided the pots among themselves.
Thus, it wasn’t until the sun was setting that Su Tang finally told Baohe that they were closing up shop and started to get ready to go back. But just then Jiang He and Madam Qian came over.
“Wow, Tang girl, you’ve already opened up you new shop, congratulations!” When they saw the Su Tang was about to close up shop they both quickly rushed over.
In fact, these two had already long known that Su Tang had been thinking about opening a some sort of shop because, after all, they had seen Su Tang on the day she had been looking at buying a storefront. Back then, they had been worried that Su Tang planned to start selling her fish balls herself, which would really affect their business. Thus, when they later found out that Su Tang was selling some strange thing called ‘desserts’ that seemed to have nothing to do with fish balls, they breathed a sigh of relief.
The two had wanted to come over and congratulate Su Tang sooner, but they had to set up their stall in the morning and work for most of the day so they hadn’t been free. Only after their stall closed did they come over to say a few words.
Su Tang clearly understood the small thoughts these two were having, but she didn’t care too much about it. After all, it was very normal for people to have a few small thoughts and it wasn’t realistic to expect all people to be dignified and broad-minded like saints. Regular people would have these kinds of small thoughts, which, in Su Tang’s estimation, was both normal and fine so long as no one was getting hurt.
“Thank you for your kind words, Brother Jiang, sister-in-law.” Su Tang thanked them and then said, “By right I should invite you both in, but unfortunately it’s not very convenient to do so since my cafe only serves women…”
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