Just realized I published IFMWBIST and not TOFUH yesterday. It’s probably because I had three days off and Tuesday felt very much like Monday to me:)
Zheng Yi has been married for many years and had children a long time ago. Although he never brought them with him, he still knew something about them. Hearing Zheng Baoning’s words, he immediately understood. Feng Jingyuan also smiled, but Shen Anxin was a little puzzled.
“What’s inconvenient? Didn’t that child look good?” He did not know if this child was born by Zhao Jinge or not . . . When Zhao Jinge was in the capital, he was not pregnant, was he?
Shen Anxin did not have much contact with Jiang Zhen at the beginning and only met him a few times. People would not tell him that Zhao Jinge was pregnant for no reason, so he didn’t know that Zhao Jinge was actually pregnant.
Zheng Baoning smiled and did not answer, but Zheng Yi laughed. “His daughter must have peed on him! Jinag Zhen bringing his daughter around for people to see and letting his children pee on him . . . I need to write it down so I can make fun of the little girl when she grows up. “
Jiang Zhen’s daughter would be very embarrassed if she knew that she had peed her pants when she was a child and it was seen by the whole dock . . . Thinking in this way, Zheng Yi imagined what the little girl would look like when she grew up. And then . . . he felt it was a little bad.
If the daughter of Jiang Zhen and Zhao Jinge looked like them, this unreliable guy Jiang Zhen would train his daughter just like Zhao Jinge . . . When he would go to make fun of Jiang Zhen’s daughter wouldn’t he be beaten up by the angry little girl?
Jiang Zhen was not talkative while Zheng Baoning was the opposite.
After five or six years of painting gers and women in the county town and dealing with them all day, Zheng Baoning had developed a clever mouth and knew very well how to make people happy.
He coaxed Zheng Yi to become very happy and introduced the dock in more detail as they arrived at the Zhao family’s new house.
Zhao Fugui was restless, so he insisted on planting several acres of the Zhao’s land. Of course, because Jiang Zhen’s men would go to help him when they saw it, he didn’t have much work to do.
They also kept on raising chickens and ducks, but soon, they didn’t need to feed chickens and ducks personally. They usually just buy snail millet from the villagers and hire a couple of villagers to feed them.
This way, Zhao Liu was not busy and could raise even more chickens and ducks. However, although they raised a lot, they did not sell them. They all ate them or they were rewarded by Jiang Zhen to his men.
Because they didn’t completely abandon the farm work even though the Zhao family had developed, it was still full of local flavor. Instead of planting flowers and plants in their yard, they planted a lot of vegetables, including several trees, such as loquats, persimmons, and peach trees.
Not only that, when they arrived, Zhao Jinge was still drying the millet on the ground.
These days, if they want to keep the millet for a long time, they need it to bask in the sun a few more times. That day, because the sun was strong and there was nothing to do at home, Zhao Jinge took them out to dry.
The job was not tiring, so he took it as relaxing—he had been studying before drying millet, so he was a little dizzy.
“Sir, we have a visitor.” Zheng Baoning respectfully said hello to Zhao Jinge.
“Zhao Jinge, why are you drying millet?” Zheng Yi looked at Zhao Jinge in surprise.
“Young Master Zheng?” Zhao Jinge put down his hoe and said, “I had nothing to do, so I take out millet to dry . . . Young Master Zheng, please come in.”
Over the past few months, Zhao Jinge has been talking business with people everywhere. When Zhao Jinge saw Zheng Yi, he was not as formal as he was before. On the contrary, he was much more relaxed.
Zheng Yi was a little surprised to find this.
By the time Zhao Jinge brought people into the house, Jiang Zhen had already changed his daughter’s diaper and changed his clothes.
In order to keep his daughter in any room, Jiang Zhen specially asked someone to make several large buckets with a diameter of more than one meter, and there was one also in the living room. After putting his daughter in it, Jiang Zhen greeted Zheng Yi.
Zheng Yi came to Jiang Zhen for no purpose this time, so he just chatted with Jiang Zhen. But when Zhao Mingzhu was ignored, she started to shout discontentedly. Fortunately, Zhao Jinge came soon and took his daughter away.
“So you won’t follow the boat around anymore?” When he heard that Jiang Zhen was going to rest, Zheng Yi asked.
“Yes.” Jiang Zhen nodded. “I’m tired of running around. I’m going to have a rest at home for a while,” Jiang Zhen said.
“At that time, I promised you the manager position of the gambling shop in Hecheng County and give you 30 percent of the profit. You must not like this thing now . . . How about this. hy don’t you help me build more gambling shops in Hexing Prefecture, and you will get half of the profits of these gambling houses?”
“Is Young Master Zheng serious about this?” Jiang Zhen looked at Zheng Yi.
“Serious,” Zheng Yi said.
“Young Master Zheng, I will take care of it for you.” Jiang Zhen didn’t want to think about it, so he said, “But I’ll give you some advice. I’ll give you half of the capital and manpower of course.”
“All right. Let’s do it,” Zheng Yi said.
The two quickly made a deal, and after that, Jiang Zhen remembered another thing. “By the way, speaking of this manpower, I also have some useful people there. When I go to the county town tomorrow, I will take Young Master Zheng to have a look.”
Jiang Zhen was talking about Liu Qian and Zhao Lingxi, the women and ger he saved from the pirates.
Among these people, there were several big-hearted people who did not want to make money by embroidery and making clothes all day long, so he thought that if he opened the gambling shop, he might actually let them work there. But he still did not dare to say that Liu Qianqian and Zhao Lingxi would be willing to work in a gambling shop.
No, it should not be called a gambling house. It should be given a more elegant name.
Zheng Yi had lunch with Jiang Zhen, and while they were there, Zhao Jinge had been observing Shen Anxin.
After discovering that Shen Anxin paid no attention to Jiang Zhen at all, he was in a good mood.
“Jiang Zhen, do you really want to open a gambling shop with Zheng Yi?” Zhao Jinge asked after their guests left.
“Yes,” Jiang Zhen said. “The escort agency is my business, and I will focus on it, but it will take a lot of time and money to make it bigger. Under such circumstances, it is necessary to make some other investments to make some money.”
“What?” Zhao Jinge didn’t understand.
“It means I’m going to open a gambling shop and get capital from it . . . ,” Jiang Zhen explained. “It doesn’t take much time, and you and Mingzhu can follow me when I am dealing with it, so it’s very good.”
When Jiang Zhen decided to help Zheng Yi, he would take his wife and daughter with him. On the other hand, Zheng Yi also had such a guess. “Jiang Zhen, this guy, will definitely bring Zhao Jinge . . . No, I am afraid that he may even take his daughter with him.”
“No way, Young Master Zheng! The child is less than one year old.” Feng Jingyuan didn’t want to believe it.
“Look at the way he acted today. I bet he will take his daughter with him,” Zheng Yi said. “He is definitely one of those people I have met, the type to miss his family the most.”
Men like them wouldn’t not hold the baby at all, but Jiang Zhen . . . he was not only holding the baby but even showing it around.
“Young Master Zheng, that’s not necessarily true,” Shen Anxin said. He used to think that Jiang Zhen was very kind to Zhao Jinge and even toward Jiang Zhen . . . But as it happened, in addition to Zhao Jinge, Jiang Zhen also had many women and ger concubines.
Although a year has passed, Shen Anxin still felt sick when he thought about it.
Zheng Yi didn’t care about Shen Anxin’s suspicions. People who did not know Jiang Zhen find it really hard to believe his sincerity to Zhao Jinge. But he believed it.
Jiang Zhen’s attitude towards Zhao Jinge made him even more willing to cooperate with Jiang Zhen. When he cooperated with Jiang Zhen, he would not be as defensive as he was when he cooperated with Bandung and the Shen family.
Early the next morning, Jiang Zhen took Zhao Jinge and bundled Zhao Mingzhu before going out to the country town.
He used the word “bundle” for a reason . . . Since it had become cold, Zhao Liu was afraid that her granddaughter would be cold when she went out for a long trip, so she especially found a cloak for Jiang Zhen that he could use to bundle Zhao Mingzhu with.
When Jiang Zhen got on the boat, he wanted to release his tightly bound daughter. But . . . Zhao Mingzhu was asleep.
“Jinge, after going to the county town, we will first go to the house I bought to leave the things there and let Mingzhu sleep there. Only then we will go to Young Master Zheng,” Jiang Zhen said to Zhao Jinge.
He took Zhao Mingzhu with him when he went out this time, but he did not plan to take the child with him all the time. After all, it was inconvenient to take the child with him when he was doing business. So he took Cook Li and Ruo’er with him and planned to let Zhao Mingzhu stay in his house in the county town most of the time . . . This way, when he went to work, he could leave his daughter there, and when he was done, he could return, accompany his daughter, and have dinner with his whole family.
In fact, Jiang Zhen originally also wanted to bring Zhao Fugui and Zhao Liu with him, but they thought it was too troublesome and did not want to come.
Thinking that he would go back that night anyway, Jiang Zhen did not force them.
Jiang Zhen and Zhao Jinge went out very early, and when they arrived at the county town, it was just dawn. They first settled Cook Li and Ruo’er and left two men to help run errands and to protect them. Then they went to the Zheng residence to find Zheng Yi.
“Jiang Zhen, you are so early.” Zheng Yi sighed and said, “Speaking of which, I thought you would bring your daughter, but unexpectedly ,you didn’t bring her with you.”
“I brought her, but she fell asleep, so I left her at my place in the county town,” Jiang Zhen said.
Zheng Yi couldn’t help laughing.
Both Zheng Yi and Jiang Zhen planned to open a gambling house in Hecheng County first. Of course, they have given this gambling house a good name, Qingfeng House.
This Qingfeng House was only for the rich, and only these rich people would be able to spend their time there. But they did not intend to let them lose all their money here, so although there was gambling in Qingfeng House, they decided that they couldn’t allow too much betting, so all bets would be small. Of course, the small gambling pleasure of the rich was beyond the imagination of ordinary people.
At the same time, there were also tea, food, and other services . . . Of course, it doesn’t include pleasures of the flesh.
Jiang Zhen intended to turn it into a high-class clubhouse, so he could not make it too vulgar.
After discussing the rules and regulations for a long time, Jiang Zhen and Zheng Yi could not come to a final conclusion. At noon, they still could not come to a conclusion, so they planned to go and decide the place first.
When they went out, they met Feng Jingyuan and Shen Anxin, who were waiting outside without exception.
Anyway, they just were going to see the place, so Zheng Yi didn’t refuse them when they wanted to follow him. As for Jiang Zhen, he did not care much either. Whether it was Feng Jingyuan or Shen Anxin, in his view, they were just people he met a few times and was not very familiar with them.
Zheng Yi gave up one of the courtyard of the Zheng family in Hecheng County, and after seeing it, Jiang Zhen was very satisfied. Then Jiang Zhen went out to see the women and gers he had saved from pirates. If they want to, they could work in Qingfeng House in the future.
The women and gers were arranged to live in a house not far from Hecheng, where Jiang Zhen used to test those accountants. It was quite large, and some places were especially designated by Jiang Zhen as warehouses.
The women and gers all lived in the backyard. Jiang Zhen took Zheng Yi and the others there. After reaching the place, he first let Zhao Jinge greet the inhabitants there before they went inside.
“Master Jiang, there you are!” As soon as Jiang Zhen went in, he heard Liu Qianqiao’s voice, which was very delicate and angry.
“Don’t talk like that.” Jiang Zhen frowned.
“Master Jiang, are you not used to it?” Liu Qianqian asked again. “Master Jiang, what’s the matter with you coming to us this time? Please don’t ask me to embroider the escort agency flag again. “
“There’s a job that’s easy and makes a lot of money. I’d like to ask if you want to do it,” Jiang Zhen said.
Jiang Zhen was quite calm at the moment, but Shen Anxin felt like his heart was turned upside down.
Aren’t these people the concubines of Jiang Zhen that he met at that time? They . . . in fact were not Jiang Zhen’s concubines but the people Jiang Zhen saved from pirates?
Edited by: Faro