Su Tang smiled as she watched the two of them chatting, and then looked behind and saw there were two women following behind Mrs. Li. She called out, “Well, come in and let’s talk!”
After inviting them, Su Tang turned and headed into the inner part of the cafe. Meanwhile, Mrs. Li hurriedly agreed and then turned to look back to the two women behind her and whispered sternly: “Be mindful of your words in the coming conversation. It’s rare to find such a good master in our town.”
The two women hurriedly made sounds of agreement before following Mrs. Li inside. Once that all stepped in, Mrs. Li couldn’t help but look around with surprise. “No wonder you’ve been doing better and better these days Miss Su. How did you come up with such novel ideas? Wow, is that the rumored cupcake? It looks really good.”
Mrs. Li was full of praises as she looked around. However, because it was still early in the morning and Su Tang had just opened the doors, there actually wasn’t much in the cafe right now. Seeing that, Su Tang sent Baohe to boil some water for the guests before sitting on her stool and saying: “Don’t praise me too much, I’ve been doing alright lately thanks to a bit of luck, but it’s nothing much. Anyway, are these two the people I’ve asked you to find?”
“That’s right, Miss Su. Since told me your terms I’ve been running around the past few days trying to find some suitable candidates and these two fit the bill so I had them come over.” When she saw that Su Tang didn’t seem interested in exchanging pleasantries but instead got right down to business, Mrs. Li immediately matched her pace and began to introduce the two people behind her.
Su Tang also looked over at two women. She saw that one had her hair done up in the style of a married woman while the other did not, but they both looked to be about the same age. The married woman looked very neat and presentable, while the girl seemed a bit more shabby and was wearing patched clothes.
“This woman is the widow of the Wang family and she’s had a hard life so far. After getting married, her husband died shortly afterward and her in-laws abandoned her, so she was all alone and could only go back to her parents. But after returning, her parents just wanted to sell her off to an old widower. However, I happened to hear about her circumstances and was reminded of Miss Su’s requirements, so I took her back for you to see. She should be a capable worker.”
Mrs. Li continued with her introductions: “And this girl is Yang Dani, she’s also had a hard life…”
Listening to this same opening introduction twice, Su Tang didn’t bother to complain, but she couldn’t help but think: Which person that sold themselves as a slave didn’t have a hard life?
Meanwhile, Mrs. Li kept talking: “When she was 16, her parents betrothed her to a boy from their village but, after being engaged for only two months, the boy unexpectedly died in an accident. After that, her parents tried to set up three more engagements one after the other but none of the potential grooms were even able to live for a month after the engagement was set. In the end, she wasn’t able to find a husband and people began to say that she has an adverse fate.”
“However, her father was a kind man, and when he saw this situation he decided it was fine for her not to get married and that she could stay at home and help around the house instead. Like this, she ended up as a 22-year-old, old unmarried girl.”
“Her life was okay for a time, but that came to an end after her father unexpectedly passed away. From there, the Yang family had a series of bad luck and her stepmother had no choice but to sell the house and their land and go back to live with her parents, however, her stepmother said that because Yang Dani has an adverse fate and didn’t want to take her back to her parent’s house and keep feeding her, so she sold her to me instead. I can say that she is a good worker for things around the house and is very capable. “
Back then Su Tang had given her strict requirements for what type of person she wanted to buy, so Mrs. Li had seriously looked for people who met those requirements. After looking all around the past few days, Mrs. Li felt confident that both of these two should be able to meet Su Tang’s requirements.
After listening to Mrs. Li’s explanation, Su Tang looked over at the girl in question and gave a thin smile: “An adverse fate, huh?” Those were some familiar words.
Mrs. Li smiled awkwardly and said, “If you’re worried Miss Su, then the widow from the Wang family is also good.”
This was the reason why Mrs. Li had only come to Su Tang after finding two people who met the requirements. After all, with this so-called ‘adverse fate’ hanging over her, not many people would be willing to buy the Yang girl for fear that they might be affected.
In fact, Mrs. Li usually wouldn’t want to buy this type of person at all. However, because Yang Dani’s stepmother had been anxious to head back to her parent’s house before the Spring Festival, she had quoted a very low price for the girl: only five taels of silver. Thus, Mrs. Li felt that so long as she could sell the girl for seven or eight taels she would at least be making some money.
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