After he finished speaking, Su Laiwang sighed. He wasn’t aware of how Su Tang had been speaking to his father about a business worth hundreds of taels just moments ago, so after seeing such expensive gifts he really couldn’t help but sigh.
If it were half a year ago, or even three months ago, no one would have believed it if you told them the way those two siblings were living now!
However, as Su Yongqiang listened to his son’s explanation, he recognized some familiar words, so he asked, “Wait, what store did you say this thing is from?”
Madam Zhou also caught the key word and piped in: “Dessert Cafe?”
“Yes, that’s right. As expected, you two also think the name of that shop is strange? But it’s really called Dessert Cafe. It’s rumored that at that shop only female guests can enter inside, and inside there are other desserts which aren’t for sale outside, such as a thing called ‘pearl milk tea’. They make their desserts fresh everyday, and by now all the rich families in town have already gone to eat there.”
Su Laiwang quickly told his parents everything he knew. Of course, he usually wouldn’t pay attention to a new shop opening up, but this shop was currently at the center of a lot of gossip because of its strange rules and exotic products, so even he had heard a bit about it.
When they heard their son’s words, Su Yongqiang and Madam Zhou exchanged glances, and they could both see shock in each other’s eyes. After all, they had also heard the name of this shop just before now, hadn’t they? Su Tang had told them that if anyone had any doubts they could send a message to Dessert Cafe to clarify. Thus, this Dessert Cafe should probably belong to that big businessman Su Tang was working with, right?
“Now that you’ve already accepted it, just keep it. Anyway, tomorrow is Sister Tang’s birthday and while it’s not convenient for her to do anything big thanks to the mourning peroid, we can at least give her a gift in private.” Su Yongqiang finally said.
When Madam Luo and Madam Lu realized how expensive the gift they received this time was, they didn’t dare to make any decisions, but now that their father-in-law told them to accept the gift they agreed without any objections.
Madam Zhou also had her own thoughts. After all, since Su Tang had told them to send a message to the Dessert Cafe to find her, it was obvious that she had something to do with the shop and was able to earn well. Meanwhile, her own family was very large and had many households, and soon they would be earning seedlings and earning even more, so did they need to be stingy with money? Could they not even afford a return gift?
“Yes, just keep it. It’s just in time for the Spring Festival, so everyone will enjoy having a taste. Go ahead and put it all away until dinner.” Madam Zhou added.
Then Su Yongqiang’s tone turned serious and he said: “Laiwang, go and get Xiao Xue, your eldest brother, and your second brother, and come to the main hall with them. I have something serious to say to all of you.”
Seeing that there was still some time before dinner, Su Yongqiang brought the whole family together and told his sons and his daughter about the news Su Tang had delivered earlier.
“Brother Shun’s family can already raise 30,000 seedlings, but our family has more members than his, and we have more space too, so I’m sure we can raise 40,000 seedlings or more. If it’s really five seedling for one copper coin, that’s already eight taels of silver…” After hearing the news, the three brothers look at eachother and began to exchange thoughts, their voices trembling with excitement.
Su Yongqiang cut into their discussion solemnly, “Yes, this is a rare opportunity. But there are some risks, so we can’t make any mistakes. We have to choose which fifteen families to bring onboard carefully. After all, according to Aunt Tang, if there is an accident they might find us for a hundredfold in compensation.”
“Of course, some of the younger members of the family are always spying and gossiping. For these naughty ones who like to play around and talk nonsense, there’s no way we can bring them in!”
“But we have more than 60 families surnamed Su in Sujia Village, I’m sure we’ll be able to find 15 reliable ones.”
“As for your own families, because your Aunt Tang said that these seedlings will grow according to the temperature and the space, you will have to depend on your own abilities to raise them properly.”
“None of your families have separated yet, but even so I will only ask you to send 70% of the money your earn home. These will be the rules. Xiao Xue, you can participate as well, and how much dowry you can earn will depend on your own ability. “
The rules laid down by the ancestors were that children should not separate from their parents, and it was shameful to do so. Accordingly, none of Su Yongqiang’s sons had separated to establish their own branches of the family yet. Therefore, by the rules, all the money that all four families earn would typically go to Su Yongqiang and Madam Zhou. However, Su Yongqiang didn’t believe in being so controlling and would usually let each family have some of their own private funds.
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