“That’s right. The three customers who just left, they saved one copper per pound by buying from us, which is ten coppers for ten pounds of goods.” Thinking like this, Xu Qing also let go of this matter. This was a long-term business. Customers could easily tell which store was better for them to shop at.
Li Changfeng evoked a smile, lowered his head, and blew on the doll that had already been made. He then gently patted off the remaining wood particles.
Sure enough, until Xu Qing and Li Changfeng finished planting the fields, there were still a lot of people who came to their store to buy things, causing the inventory at home to become low very quickly. They had to go to the town to restock.
Before Li Changfeng went to the town, guests came to the house.
Xu Qing poured hot tea for Wang Lei and Li Xiao’er, and said with a smile, “Drink some hot tea.”
Wang Lei quickly and respectfully took it, repeatedly saying thanks, “Thank you second brother-in-law.” Translated on ho lo lo novels dot com. Wang Lei heard Li Xiao’er mention this second brother-in-law many times that he was nice to him. So, of course his tone was naturally respectful.
Xu Qing was surprised by Wang Lei’s attitude towards him, but he didn’t ask any question. He turned and sat beside Li Changfeng. Tuantuan had already fallen asleep on the bed, allowing Xu Qing to rest for a while.
Li Changfeng looked at the couple, who had just been newly married, looking visibly joyful. Li Xiao’er’s face was rosy, and Wang Lei was full of energy. It seemed that both of them had a good life after marriage.
“Have you been back to the Li’s house?”
Hearing Li Changfeng’s question, Wang Lei hurriedly put down the tea and said nervously: “We have, second brother, last time at the shop I was so ignorant and didn’t even recognize you. It’s my fault. I’ll be more careful next time. When there is time, this younger brother will invite second brother to drink and apologize!”
Li Xiao’er sat aside, snickering secretly in his heart. On the second day of the wedding, Wang Lei told him about the second brother shopping in his store. At that time, Want Lei really didn’t know that it was his own brother-in-law. Just thinking that if the second brother was unhappy during their meeting while he was unaware, Wang Lei felt that the gain outweighed the loss, and he immediately admitted his mistake and corrected his attitude.
Li Xiao’er knew in his heart that Li Changfeng went to Wang Lei’s store on purpose to help him see if this person was worth entrusting, but he didn’t point out this matter with Wang Lei, sometimes somethings should be left unsaid.
Li Xiao’er looked at Xu Qing on the opposite side, thinking of the money pouch that Xu Qing gave him when he got married, he didn’t know how to express his feelings. It was a full ten taels of silver! He was already this age, but the most amount he had ever seen was only 5 taels of silver. This was a big gift. Li Xiao’er did not know how to repay Li Changfeng and Xu Qing.
Thinking of the chubby Tuantuan, Li Xiao’er’s heart softened. He couldn’t repay the adults, he would just repay Tuantuan instead.
After listening to Wang Lei’s words, Li Changfeng waved his hand casually, “What’s the matter, since you’ve already married my brother, you’re now also my brother. You don’t say polite words between brothers. If you really want to do something, then just treat my brother well.”
Wang Lei nodded again and again, “of course, that’s natural. By the way, second brother, I saw your grocery store. You are so smart. This is a very good business idea.”
As soon as he entered the gate of Xu’s house, Wang Lei noticed the grocery store with the windows open. He was quite surprised. Easy to say, but no one had ever thought of opening a store in the village.
Li Xiao’er also praised: “That is, second brother, second brother-in-law, you guys are so good, you can think of something like this.”
Li Changfeng heard Wang Lei and Li Xiao’er’s praise, and his face showed a little pride, “I didn’t think of this, it’s your second brother-in-law’s idea, right, wife?”
Xu Qing turned to look at the man with three different faces, and his little mischievous heart began to growl inside: Today, I got this compliment. First of all, I would like to thank Great China! Without the many trips to the supermarket to buy instant noodles every day, there would be no grocery store today!
Xu Qing couldn’t help but laugh inwardly of his own thoughts, “Cough, well, it’s not that impressive. It’s just not many people thought of this idea. You guys must be hungry. I’ll go cook now.” He changed the subject, turned around, and slipped into the kitchen.
“Second brother-in-law, let me help you!”
Li Xiao’er had a lot of things in his heart that he wanted to say to Xu Qing. Seeing Xu Qing leaving, he immediately got up and followed.
As soon as the two left, Li Changfeng and Wang Lei were the only ones left in the main room. Especially in the face of a stuffy jar, Li Changfeng, Wang Lei, who was usually a good talker, felt a lot of pressure.
Li Changfeng usually let Xu Qing do the talking, and he basically spoke very few words. Now he just looked silently at Wang Lei who was fidgeting, which made Wang Lei sitting on the opposite chair feel more and more that he was doing something wrong and the second brother of his wife still had opinions of him.
Thinking of this, Wang Lei thought hard to regain the image he had in Li Changfeng’s heart. He figured giving insights on Li Changfeng’s grocery store would be able to turn the tides and said, “Second brother, what do you think about this?”
Xu Qing and Li Xiao’er were preparing lunch in the kitchen. While prepping, Xu Qing said to Li Xiao’er who was helping: “How is it?”
Li Xiao’er naturally knew what Xu Qing was asking. He thought about Wang Lei’s care for him these days. He was very gentle, always taking into account his feelings. The old Wang couple was not people who made things difficult for others. Of course, his life was more comfortable than when he was in the Li’s house.
“It’s good, he is very good to me, so is his family.” Li Xiao’er responded with a slightly shy voice.
Xu Qing also felt a little embarrassed to ask this question. It made him look like a woman who specializds in inquiring about other people’s affairs, but Li Xiao’er was not someone else, he was the only Li family member who cared about his own man. There were some things Li Changfeng couldn’t ask in person as a man to a ger, so Xu Qing took on the task.
“That’s good, that’s good, come on, let’s start cooking. I won’t starve you anymore.” Xu Qing laughed and started to make lunch with Li Xiao’er.
During lunch, Tuantuan woke up and joined the dinning table, eating the fruit powder made by Xu Qing. It was a lively lunch.
Not long after the meal, Li Xiao’er and Wang Lei prepared to leave. Since Li Changfeng still had to shop in the town to restock, they left together.
Xu Qing walked around the yard with Tuan Tuan for a few laps. After digesting the food, he remembered the spiritual spring in the space. Xu Qing looked at Tuan Tuan in his arms, closed the courtyard door, and heated a pot of the spiritual spring water to bath Tuan Tuan.
Tuantuan especially liked to splash in the water. Xu Qing just put him in the basin, he kicked his legs happily, and kept saying things Xu Qing couldn’t understand, expressing his emotions excitedly.
“Be good, don’t move too much.”
The fat boy twisted so hard, Xu Qing didn’t dare to exert force for fear of hurting Tuan Tuan. The bath that could have been done in a quarter of an hour was just washed away by Tuan Tuan for half an hour.
During this period, Xu Qing added some hot water to the bath basin from time to time, otherwise, with Tuantuan tossing around like this, he might catch a cold!
After taking a shower and playing for so long, Tuan Tuan fell asleep again. Xu Qing only then breathed a sigh of relief and hurriedly did the laundry of their family of three.
Li Changfeng finished shopping and was about to drive the donkey cart home when he saw Chen Qi with a haggard face coming towards him.
“What’s with that look?”
Chen Qi was worried at the moment. When suddenly he heard a familiar voice coming from the front, he hurriedly raised his head, and what caught his eye was Li Changfeng’s tall and straight body, “Changfeng!”
Chen Qi also hadn’t seen Li Changfeng for a long time. The last time he saw Li Changfeng was before Chen Hong got married.
“Where have you been, you kid? I didn’t even get to see you when your little brother got married.”
After all, they were like brothers who grew up together. When Li Changfeng saw Chen Qi’s tired face, he immediately asked with concern.
At this moment, Chen Qi didn’t have any thoughts to make fun of Li Changfeng for actually saying words of concern to him. He was not doing well now, actually he was doing very bad.
After Chen Hong got married, there were only four people left in the family – the old man, Chen Ama, Chen Qi, and his wife. The lively Chen family quieted down after Chen Hong left. The person who livened the atmosphere was gone, and the family was no longer as cheerful as before. This made Chen Ama to begin thinking about his grandchildren.
Chen Qi’s wife had not given birth after getting married for so many years. Although Chen Ama really wanted grandchildren, there was nothing he could do. Besides, no fault could be found in Chen Qi’s wife, except that he couldn’t have children.
So Chen Ama, who was crazy about having grandchildren, came up with a trick. Since Chen Qi didn’t want to leave his wife, then he would find another little wife for Chen Qi. This person could give birth grandchildren for him, and Chen Qi would not have to separate from his wife. Was it not killing two birds with one stone?
So Chen Ama discussed with the old man Chen, and they secretly found a ger they were very pleased with. They asked the matchmaker to go to that ger’s house to check the situation. When they learned that the ger’s family was also interested, the old Chen couple called Chen Qi and Chen Qi’s wife, who had no knowledge of the matter, together and talked about it.
Chen Qi’s wife’s face was pale. After hearing that the ger was actually for the intention of giving birth, Chen Qi’s wife looked at Chen Qi unhappily.
At this time, Chen Qi was making a fuss with Chen Ama. He felt ridiculous when he heard it, “Isn’t it a crime to ruin someone’s life for the sake of a grandchild?”
Chen Ama’s face swayed, “Why is it ruining someone’s life! Their family also want this marriage to happen. It’s not that we would discard him after he gives birth to a child.”
The old man Chen was also smoking a cigar beside Chen Ama, his face was hesitant.
Chen Qi was about to laugh angrily, “Why do I have to marry someone else when I already have a wife just so they could give birth? Why do I have to learn from others and marry a little ger to toss around?!” In this dynasty, there were more gers than men. Translated on ho lo lo novels dot com. Therefore, as long as the family was relatively well-off, whether it was a peasant family or a well-to-do family, there could be several wives in the family.
“Isn’t it because he has been married for so many years and has never given birth! Us two old bones, even after both you siblings are married, we still have no grandchildren! Look at Tao Ama’s family, they have two grandchildren. The older one can already help his Ama feed the chickens!”
Thingyan: I don’t understand. If they want children so bad, why don’t they just make one by themselves? At what age do gers reach menopause?
I agree with you. That old couple is despisable. They arranged everything by themselves and put Chen Qi on the spot instead of first talking about it.
But we all know this issue regarding Chen Qi’s wife will be resolved by Xu Qing soon. Like he did for Xie Yu.
But I’m quite interested if this will result in Xu Qing becoming a healer of sorts for ger who can’t get pregnant? I don’t hope it’ll go down that path… I enjoy their slice-of-life family….
Somehow it reminded me of when my sisters asked me why I didn’t have a child yet,one sister even told me that it was my obligation and that I shouldn’t take too long because I was already too big…I am 23! almost 24, all that happened when I was 21! 🤦 it is frustrating to think that it is MANDATORY to have children. In any case, it is not the business of others if you want to have a child or not, if they want a baby so much that they have it! 😤