When Pei Xuan heard Su Tang calling to him in this strange tone, he quickly turned his head to look at her and said: “Are you trying to trick me again?”
However, although he asked such a question, his tone still held a hint of self-doubt, as if he could sense something was off but wasn’t quite able to put his finger on what it was.
On the side, when the orange cat heard this question, he couldn’t help but blink and silently exclaim: Young man, have the few brain cells in your head finally begun to fire? You unexpectedly noticed this time? Could it be that this beautiful two-legged beast actually had a brain all along?
Su Tang could sense the orange cat’s sarcastic thoughts and pressed down on his head with one hand. Don’t think she couldn’t recognize what this four-legged beast was thinking about.
The orange cat suddenly felt his head being pressed down and couldn’t move at all. He could only pathetically cry out: ‘Meow! Master, you’re misunderstanding me! I didn’t do it! I didn’t mean to!’
Su Tang snorted. It was already a bit too late to deny, wasn’t it?
Coming back to Pei Xuan’s accusation that she was tricking him, Su Tang blinked innocently and said, “Senior brother, why would you say that? Don’t think too much. Let’s go.”
Pei Xuan sent Su Tang a final doubtful look but, in the end, he still climbed back onto his horse and followed Su Tang’s carriage out to the nearest site picked by Jiang Hong.
However, as he rode his horse, Pei Xuan couldn’t help but look down at his rolled up right sleeve and recall the “enchanting” pig from last night and also think about everything that had happened today.
Of course, Su Tang had no time to play around with a child so she just left him to his musings and turned her attention to Jiang Hong as he explained about the several suitable locations he had selected.
“Young miss, this first place I’m taking you to see was originally a cloth dyeing workshop. This small one has investigated everything clearly and discovered that it is well-positioned and has a road that makes it easy to access by carriage. Of the young miss’s five farms, the closest can reach the location within an hour, while the farthest will only take around two hours and, most importantly, it is also very close to the Qingyuan County Seat. If our workshop is built in this location then, in the future, it will be easy for the goods produced by the workshop to be sent to the County Seat by land, or else sent to the nearest wharf which is only an hour away if we want to transport by water.”
Jiang Hong had been running around outside for more than a month in order to settle this matter. After all, he was aware that choosing the location for his young miss’s workshop was an extremely serious matter that couldn’t be allowed to be messed up. He also realized that the fact that Su Tang would entrust him with such a task also showed that she really wasn’t playing around – she truly attached great importance to him.
Additionally, Luo Xingchen had recently invited a famous doctor to Qinghe Town to look at his daughter as he had promised. His daughter, Jiang Nian, had received a heavy blow when she was kicked and vomited blood back then, but it wasn’t something serious enough to do any fundamental damage to her health now that Luo Xingchen had paid high amounts to get her the best possible treatment.
It had only been a few months, but Jiang Nian had already began to look obviously better and more healthy. Now she only needed to spend some time recuperating, and then she should be able to make a full recovery in the future.
From this, Jiang Hong and Madam Zhang were able to see that both Su Tang and Luo Xingchen were people true to their words. Thanks to that, they believed even more in Su Tang’s promise and worked for her even more attentively.
What’s more, Jiang Hong was aware that even if he were on his own and wanted to re-open his shop again, he might not have the ability with his current circumstances. Back then, he had studied a bit and learned some things and then used that knowledge to open his shop in Qinglu County and even earned a fair amount of money. He had been doing better for himself than any of the other people in the village he had grown up in and, thanks to that, he had begun to think very highly of himself.
However, after coming to work for Su Tang and having a bit of contact with the Luo family’s businesses, he had been able to finally realize that he had been a frog in a well all along. Thus, Jiang Hong didn’t only work very attentively, he also studied very hard, and made rapid progress learning the ropes of big business.
Back when Su Tang had told Pei Xuan that Jiang Hong was very useful, it hadn’t just been empty words. She truly felt that Jiang Hong, with a little bit of guidance from her, could definitely become a competent right-hand man.
Of course, Su Tang had also deliberately said such a thing in order to let Pei Xuan give up on the idea of helping her. She had no doubts that any person Pei Xuan might send her would be capable, but she really wouldn’t dare to use such a person. After all, the closer a person was to that heavenly throne in the capital, the more complicated they were bound to be.
The capital was undoubtedly a chaotic place, yet Pei Xuan was still so simple. In fact, it was to the point that he didn’t even need to think about these sorts of problems. That was proof enough that the people by his side were definitely not so simple.
Thus, although he didn’t have any bad intentions, Su Tang could only refuse his kindness.
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