“That’s not too good.” Madam Yang felt a bit embarrassed. Of course, it would be fine if Su Tang was only treating her daughter, but it didn’t seem right for her to also eat for free.
“What’s not good? TangTang and I are already BFFs. Mother, if you feel embarrassed, you can just go back and tell all your friends that the desserts here are very delicious.” Lu Wan’er felt her mother was being too polite.
Su Tang nodded along. “En, Wan’er and I are good friends, so you are also my elder. It’s just a bit of food, madam doesn’t need to be so polite.”
“Well, then I’ll be impolite this time!” Since the two girls had said so much, it was difficult for Madam Yang to continue to insist. But secretly she decided to help introduce Su Tang’s cafe to her friends in the County Seat, which could be regarded as returning the favor.
In the end, Madam Yang and Lu Wan’er bought another slice of cheesecake for the old man in the family, paid for the gift boxes and the whole cheesecake, and then left together. Lu Wan’er wanted to stay and play with Su Tang for a while longer, but Madam Yang captured her and dragged her back to pack up her things. After all, they were going to be heading back to the County Seat the very next day, so they didn’t have time to be playing around outside all day.
In the end, there was no other way. The pitiful Lu Wan’er was captured by her mother and taken away. Plus, she knew that Su Tang was going out tomorrow and wouldn’t be able to come and see her off so she was even more morose. She could only tell Su Tang that she definitely had to come over to the County Seat to play with her.
Even when Su Tang told her she would definitely send letters, Lu Wan’er was still reluctant to leave.
However, eventually, Lu Wan’er and her mother really left. By that time the academy’s lunch break still hadn’t happened, so it was still early. Su Tang went back and directed Pu Wei to make some frozen cheesecake and made sure that there was no problem with Pu Wei’s understanding of the new recipe, then she went to check on things on Baohe’s side. She quickly found everything was fine with both girls, so she was ready to go back and have some rest.
But unexpectedly, just as she turned around she suddenly heard Baohe call from outside, “Brother Jiang and sister-in-law are here.”
It turned out that Jiang He and Madam Qian had finally come to her door. Ever since the Dessert Cafe first opened, Jiang He and Madam Qian had been uncomfortable and nervous, like tiny cats were scratching inside their hearts. At first, they had been worried that Su Tang would start selling fish balls at her new shop, and then when they saw that Su Tang seemed to have no intention to sell fish they had felt very relieved. But then they began to get worried again when they saw how well Su Tang’s cafe was doing every day.
After all, if Su Tang’s business was good and earning a lot of money for her, why would she be willing to do a bunch of hard work making fish balls for them? The couple knew that their noodle stall’s current prosperity was largely thanks to Su Tang’s fish balls. Thus, if they weren’t able to get any more fish balls from Su Tang in the future, their business would definitely be affected.
Because of this knowledge, there was a great sense of crisis in their hearts. Now the new year had passed, soon the Qing River would thaw out again, and the fish balls that they had frozen before winter were all already almost sold out. Jiang He and Madam Qian were worried and anxious, and several times they wanted to come over and ask Su Tang about what was going on, but they were afraid that Su Tang would really tell them that she didn’t plan to sell them the fish balls anymore, so they always hesitated at the last moment.
However, it was already halfway through the month now, so Jiang He and Madam Qian knew they couldn’t put this matter off any longer. Thus, they determinedly made up their minds and came to see Su Tang.
“Hello, Baohe, is Miss Su available right now? We have something to speak with her about.” When Jiang He and Madam Qian heard Baohe announce they had arrived, they quickly greeted her politely.
By now they had already changed the way they addressed Su Tang. In the past, they had always just called her ‘Tang girl’, but now that she was running a booming business and even had many servants to do things for her it was difficult for them to keep calling her the same way.
“Wait a moment, Brother Jiang, sister-in-law. I’ll go in and have a look.” Baohe remembered that when Su Tang had first come back she said that if Jiang He and Madam Qian wanted to see her she should just bring them in. However, since she knew Su Tang was there inside she decided to go in and ask personally to make sure.
Jiang He and Madam Qian naturally nodded along. However, before Baohe could even reach the door, it was pushed open from the inside. Pu Wei walked out first and then Su Tang came out behind her.
Su Tang was still wearing the clothes that Song Yi had commissioned for her at the end of the last year. Because she was planning to go out again soon, her small body was wrapped up in a big cloak and she had a small hand-warming stove in her hands.
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