“Eh…” said the old man as he looked up. He looked at the fair beauty standing in front of her and wasn’t irritated that he was interrupted. He smiled at her and asked, “How can I help you, miss?”
“Pardon my interruption, Mr. Innkeeper, I have a favor to ask!” Seeing his frown, she immediately explain herself, “Mr. Innkeeper, it’s nothing troublesome, just want to ask for a little of your time. Can you help me out, please?”
“Oh…..” Looking her polite mannerism, the innkeeper had no heart to turn her down. He nodded slightly and asked, “Okay, what kind of help do you need?”
“Mr. Innkeepeer, can I borrow you for a few minutes to come outside and check out our goods?” Asked Cheng Xiao Xiao with a big smile.
Check out goods?
The innkeeper had exactly expected that. He nodded and came around the counter, “Okay, I will go with you.”
Just when the two of them were about to walk outside, the perplexed server, who just return from the kitchen asked, “Hey, innkeeper, where you going?”
Cheng Xiao Xiao took a look at the thirty-something server and nodded at him lightly.
The server was a bit surprised. He had never seen her around before. The innkeeper spoke, “Server1, you keep an eye out here, I’ll be right back!”
“Okay, Innkeeper!” Replied the server quickly. He watched them leave the lobby before he turned his attention to the diners.
Exiting the inn, the innkeeper saw nothing but a woman with three kids along with a cow-drawn wagon. He couldn’t help but looked at Cheng Xiao Xiao suspiciously.
Cheng Xiao Xiao laughed, “Mr. Innkeeper, please follow me!” As she approached her mother and younger sibling.
The innkeeper was a bit worry that it was going to be something huge, he frowned with hesitation, but followed Cheng Xiao Xiao nonetheless.
“Good afternoon, Mr. Inkeeper!” Said Mrs. Cheng with a bow.
The slightly unhappy innkeeper was a bit surprised, but before he could say anything, the three kids all smiled at him and greeted him politely, “Good afternoon, Mr. Innkeeper!”
The three cute kids brought the smile back onto the innkeeper’s face, she nodded at the two woman, “Okay, what would you like to show me?”
He caught sight of the several cages and the linen bag as he was speaking. A look of surprise crawled up his face when he saw the chickens and rabbits.
He has been in the business for quite a while, he could tell these chickens and rabbits were of high quality. Cheng Xiao Xiao smiled silently and immediately opened up her big bag of rice and also put the cabbages in front of him!
The innkeeper sniffed the rice and patted the rabbits. After all his inspections, he smiled at Mrs. Cheng and Cheng Xiao Xiao, “This lady with her kids are trying to sell all these goods, I presume?”
“Yes, Innkeeper, we couldn’t eat all these ourselves so it would be nice if we can sell some of them for cash. We won’t be able to sell too many of them on the street so we came here to see you can help us out. If you will buy these from us, we will come back to you in the future. Can you please help us out?”
Mrs. Cheng explained their situation mildly. She sounded sincere and not pitiful. The innkeeper had also picked up on her upstanding demeanor and deportment which made him even more fond of her. He nodded, “No problem, we can use all these at our inn. If you guys have more goods of this quality in the future, I will also buy them from you. How does that sound?”
1. It’s customary to refer to each other with their job title back then (at least that’s how it is in the TV shows J), though it sounds a little odd directly translating into English. J
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