“My elder brother has been making a lot of moves in the past six months.” Luo Xingchen, who had already accepted her fate, changed her tone and said seriously.
In fact, all throughout the preparation stages for the upcoming sauce business, the Luo family had not been calm. In the past, Luo Xingchen’s only cooperation with Su Tang was a small soap business and, although they were making a certain amount of money, it wasn’t enough to make her brother, Luo Xinghe, feel nervous.
However, what Luo Xinghe did not expect was that there would be a new sauce business after the soap business was stabilized. Moreover, this business seemed to have a lot of potential for profit, and Luo Xingchen had even told everyone that Su Tang would only cooperate with her. Thanks to that, Luo Xinghe had told his people that were planted around Luo Xingchen to try to separate the relationship between Su Tang and Luo Xingchen no matter what.
Unfortunately for him, Luo Xingchen had become much more vigilant after the first such incident. Now, whenever she went to speak with Su Tang, she wouldn’t include the servants from the Luo family at all. After all, she couldn’t guarantee that the people around her could be trusted, so she could only choose to not let them come along. In her eyes, it was better to smother any possibility of an accident in the cradle.
Because of her decisive behavior, the people who Luo Xinghe had planted around Luo Xingchen weren’t able to take action at all. Moreover, Su Tang wasn’t easy to fool from the start, so it was questionable if they would accomplish anything even if they had the opportunity.
Luo Xinghe became increasingly afraid that his little brother’s power would surpass his own, and that he might even take away his position as heir to the family. However, he found that he was completely unable to make any move on Su Tang and Luo Xingchen’s end, so he had started working from the other end and trying to convince his father.
After hearing listening to Luo Xinghe’s persuasion, his father, the current head of the Luo family, really began to waver.
After all, as the head of the largest merchant family in the north, he knew that his Luo family had been monopolizing almost all the business of the whole north for a long time. In the past, no one had ever been able to take a piece of the pie from his Luo family’s mouth, but now there was suddenly a small peasant girl who wanted to share the profits with them?
Although Su Tang had provided them with something of absolute value in this cooperation, in the hearts of many people in the Luo family, Su Tang was just a peasant girl with no backer. Someone like this wan’t worthy of splitting the profits with them at all.
And once this sort of seed was planted, it was easy for a person’s mind to waver.
Thus, Luo Xinghe tried to convince his father to just directly cause Su Tang to “disappear” and then let the Luo family completly monopolize the sauce business.
After Luo Xingchen said this sentence, she looked over at Su Tang and said faintly, “Do you already know?”
Then she put on a wry smile and continued, “En, if it’s you, you devil, nothing will have escaped your eyes, right?”
Su Tang didn’t bother to deny and only said, “While it’s true that you’ve been busy recently, you also stopped coming to pester me for food and, whenever I did see you, you always seemed depressed. Since it was something that could make our domineering Second Young Master Luo mope around like this, I could guess that there was some trouble from your Luo family even if I used my toes to think.”
Su Tang deeply knew that Luo Xingchen was a foodie for her bones. However, recently, she hadn’t been pestering Su Tang to cook for her at all. Moreover, a little while ago Su Tang had even invited Luo Xingchen over to try some cold noodles to escape the hot weather but never got a response.
Even after enjoying cold noodles happily for many days, Luo Xingchen had never arrived to join her. It would be more strange if Su Tang didn’t realize something was off.
Of course, Luo Xingchen was well aware that Su Tang was frighteningly preceptive and intelligent, which was why she had been deliberately avoiding her these days for fear of letting her friend see through her depressed mood. However, it seemed that using this method had created too many obvious traces and had allowed Su Tang to more easily guess that something was wrong.
In fact, once Su Tang had noticed something was off, she had sent the orange cat out to go and find out what had happened, and she managed to learn that Luo Xingchen had received a letter from the Luo family a few days ago, and then had become depressed like this immediately afterward.
Su Tang was obviously not some sort of devil. Rather, with the pieces of information in her hands, it was enough to let Su Tang speculate as to what kind of trouble Luo Xingchen had encountered.
Originally Su Tang had been planning to wait until Luo Xingchen had finished installing the meat grinder at the workshop before talking to her about this matter but, unexpectedly, there had been such an accident today. Thus, Su Tang did not continue to delay and just said it out directly.
“Is this what they call ‘outsmarting oneself and overthinking too much’?” Su Tang chuckled.
While Luo Xingchen was busy feeling uncomfortable in her heart and put on a self-deprecating smile.
Suddenly, she heard Su Tang’s laughing words: “Tsk, tsk, what’s happened to our overbearing and arrogant Young Master Luo? Why are you showing such an ugly smile!”
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