Su Tang knew that the little guy was still feeling uneasy these days, which was why he still always thought of clinging to his sister.
However, although he was young, he was already sensible. He knew that she was busy every day trying to make money, so he didn’t follow his impulse to cling to her, instead, he was always diligently practicing his reading and writing alone.
Of course, Su Tang understood that the experiences he had in the past would inevitably leave certain scars on Su Nuo’s heart, but there wasn’t anything she could do about it. It wasn’t like she could stay by his side every hour of the day. Thus, she said those words in the hopes that the little guy could understand that his sister definitely won’t leave him, and that the two of them would spend many years together, relying on each other as each other’s only family.
Su Nuo’s eyes turned red and he rushed forward to hug Su Tang, “Sister, you are protecting me, but one day I will also protect you, and we’ll always be together.”
Su Tang touched his head. “Foolish little guy, we can’t always be together. One day you will find a wife, and then you won’t think about your sister here anymore.”
“No, if I find a wife, then she must respect you as her elder sister and be kind to you as well, otherwise I will never marry her.” The little guy’s face was very serious, with traces of stubbornness.
Seeing him like this, Su Tang couldn’t help but laugh and say, “Well, I hope you’ll remember this promise in the future!”
Inside, she sighed. It was normal for children to make these sorts of naive and straightforward promises, but inevitably as they grew older the childish promises would be forgotten.
“I won’t forget. I won’t forget anything that has to do with my sister.” The little guy responded in a deadly serious tone.
Su Tang saw how serious he was and didn’t tease him any further, just replying: “En, good!”
Then she put the pouch in the palm of the little guy’s hand. Finally, he accepted it and then opened it up. Inside, there were five taels of silver. His eyes widened and he looked up at Su Tang, “Ah?”
Just now he had gotten a golden ox from Song Yi, and now his sister gave him five taels? The little guy felt as if he had suddenly become rich overnight. Su Tang saw his shocked expression and said to him: “Anyway, it’s yours now so put it away. Later on you can use it for yourself as you like.”
Su Tang wanted to cultivate his financial management ability, so that she could rest assured when leaving money in his hands. She wanted him to learn that managing his finances was just as important of a skill as saving money.
The little guy nodded a bit uncertainly, “Alright…”
Su Tang patted his head with a smile and just then Pu Wei arrived with tea, breaking off their conversation.
Because the two siblings were in their mourning period it wasn’t appropriate for them to go out and visit their relatives, so they had nothing to do and could only stay at home.
Thus, over the next few days, whenever Su Tang was free she would lead her brother and the four servants to play around, making many snowmen of various sizes and other such winter games.
Of course, other than playing, Su Tang was also still going to the Song residence every day to study as usual and, although the little guy still had some shaodws in his heart, he was also very sensible and resumed his own studies as well.
For the hard working peasants of Qihuang Kingdom, the fifth was pretty much equivalent to the end of the new year celebrations. By then most all of the people who had returned to their hometowns for the Spring Festival had already come back, and the shops in town all began to open up again.
Su Tang’s Dessert Cafe was no exception, and on the sixth day of the first lunar month, she reopened it for business. At the same time, Su Tang got up early that morning and took Su Nuo, along with the various supplies she had prepared for him, and headed over to the academy.
The academy was also resuming its operations on the sixth day of the first lunar month. In this ancient era education was handled very differently compared to in modern times where great attention was paid to the quality of education, here they were more focused on quantity. In modern times, class hours were kept short and there were scheduled days off as well as winter and summer vacations, but in the ancient era things were more strict. Except for certain big holidays and during the harvest season, children were expected to devote all the rest of their time to coming to the academy to study and learn.
Of course, ever since near the end of the previous year, Su Tang had been worried that she would be too busy managing the plots of land and setting up the factories to continue teaching Su Nuo, so she had decided to send him over to the academy to continue his studies once it reopened. This way he would be able to continue his education and also maybe make some friends his own age.
The academy in Qinghe Town wasn’t very big. Su Tang estimated that there were probably less than 200 students, and they were all divided into four classes, Class A, B, C, and D. Of course, these classes were divided according to the level of the students who attended them.
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