“Hehe, I don’t want to do it either but… if it’s 20-80 I really won’t be able to explain to my old man. 30-70 should be fine though.” Luo Xingchen also thought through everything in a flash and understood what Su Tang was trying to tell her. Currently, the Luo family still firmly believed that the Su Tang was their partner and that their cooperation was very stable.
Although Su Tang currently only agreed to speak with Luo Xingchen, such a small thing didn’t cause the higher-ups in the Luo family to have any doubts about this small peasant girl. At the very least, Luo Xingchen could still muddle through things when her father asked.
Even her brother, Luo Xinghe, was still under the impression that he could fight to win Su Tang into his camp, which was why he wasn’t making all sorts of troubles for the business that Luo Xingchen was setting up with her.
All this was to say that, apart from Su Tang and Luo Xingchen themselves, no one else knew that they were bosom friends and firm business partners. In the current situation, if she pushed against Su Tang too hard over this small amount of profit, it might be easy for her to end up “picking up the sesame seed while losing the watermelon”.
Therefore, what she needed to do now was maintain this relationship. At any rate, Luo Xingchen and Luo Xinghe had already been fighting for so many years, so her bringing back a “loss” this time wouldn’t make any difference to her status in the family. She just needed to focus on gathering her forces in front, while Su Tang would work to scheme and make a lot of money behind. This way, they would split the difference and make a fortune in the end.
After thinking all of this through, Luo Xingchen didn’t try to calculate for her family anymore. In fact, she had actually been thinking of using Su Tang’s “unreasonableness” as a shield back home. She would have told them that Su Tang wanted 20-80 and that she could only agree to accommodate the girl, but in reality, she would set up a 30-70 deal with Su Tang. By doing this, she would have been able to secretly take an extra ten percent for herself.
Of course, this would have been good for her in the short term, but it would also create some animosity between Su Tang and the Luo family. Then, once the Luo Family Head became hostile and vigilant toward Su Tang, it would inevitably cause the cooperation between Su Tang and Luo Xingchen to face a lot of trouble. In short, it would have been a perfect example of Luo Xingchen digging a pit and then jumping into it herself.
Luo Xingchen hadn’t actually thought that far just now, but with Su Tang’s reminder she, of course, wouldn’t be so short-sighted and directly reversed her opinion.
“Anyway, that aside, for this new business regarding the tool I showed you, you will need to contact the craftsmen to make the various parts, but then you can use the farmers that are already on our farms to assemble the pieces. I think we can go 50-50 on this project.” Su Tang was always clear about her own contribution to a business. Last time with the soap, Luo Xingchen and the Luo family hadn’t helped her with any part of the manufacturing process so it was perfectly reasonable for her to take 70% of the profit alone.
However, for the manual meat grinder Su Tang knew that she wouldn’t be solely responsible for it. After all, even if only for the sauce business, Luo Xingchen would probably be staying in Qinghe Town for the long-term in the coming days. She would inevitably end up running around to set up things for the manual meat grinder and, what’s more, the farmers and the farms that would assemble the tools had all been bought with Luo Xingchen’s money.
Obviously, Su Tang couldn’t just let her business partner contribute so much for nothing. Although it was true that they were friends, that just made it all the more necessary to define all of the terms of their cooperations clearly beforehand. She needed to play the villain before she could play the gentleman in this situation, but by doing so she would ensure that no problems would crop up in the future.
When Luo Xingchen heard Su Tang say this, her face immediately looked moved and she exclaimed, “Tang, I will really love you all my life! I will love you even if you don’t love me!”
Su Tang shuddered. Only this guy who had grown up in a pile of boys was able to say such words so casually. Su Tang felt goose bumps rising on her skin and said, “Don’t come over here.”
“Hehe!” Luo Xingchen was very thick-skinned and just laughed off Su Tang’s words. Seeing this, Su Tang could only shake her head tiredly.
Luo Xingchen didn’t know why but somehow she felt that Su Tang would never harm her. More than that, she almost felt that Su Tang might be the most trustworthy and reliable person in the world. Plus, her biggest weakness was already in Su Tang’s hands, so she was even less reserved around her.
Thanks to all that, she could even say such creepy words very easily. Moreover, she was very sincere. She truly did admire Su Tang quite a lot.
“Well, I’ll go check Xiao Nuo’s homework now. Later on I can go see the place picked out, if it’s suitable we can get things set up quickly and prepare a seedling nursery over there. Then, after a while, we can go together and find a location for our workshop.”
Su Tang started to talk about her plans for the future. January was almost over and the weather was slowly warming up, so they would have to get busy soon.
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