The Orphan Ger Who Purchased A Husband - 13
As they rode to the head of the village, the villagers couldn’t help but stop and look at the newly unveiled face of Shen-Pings. They couldn’t help but call out in admiration and Shen-Ping pursed his lip and his face heated up. He was too embarrassed to notice Ting-Guang’s furrowed brows. Nevertheless, anyone with good eyes would see that a certain someone didn’t like that strangers were staring at his wife like they wanted to devour him.
Some of the elders that noticed could only laugh and feel good in their heart that little Ping ended up in the hands of someone that would clearly cherish him. As they pass by the head of the village, they picked up the pace, and the horses galloped down the road. Shen-Ping couldn’t hide the smile on his face because of the rush he felt.
Even though the original had ridden for many years, and he was able to ride because of this, he was still new to the feeling of riding a horse and thus became excited. Ting-Guang on the other hand made sure to ride close to Shen-Ping, keeping up the pace, in case anything happened to him. The horses galloped down the road and were obviously faster than a carriage so the couple soon reached the town.
They got off at the entrance and took the horses to the stables. They paid the steward before heading into the town. They didn’t go far and stopped at a stable where horses were sold. Shen-Ping had plans to buy a carriage and as such needed to buy a few more horses to pull it. He could always buy bulls to do that but in his mind since he had the money, why should he settle for less.
They soon looked at the horses. After looking at the other horse they finally found four that are of high-quality breeds. The horses were all young, strong, and in good health. Shen-Ping paid and signed the deed of ownership. The four horses were moved to where the other two original horses were. They watched the two original horses dominated the others and brought them under control, Shen-Ping was satisfied and so off they went to go buy a carriage. It took some time to find a sturdy one and then negotiate the price with the merchant that obviously wanted to rob them, but in the end, they were also able to buy all the other accessories at a reasonable price.
They went ahead and had the carriage moved to a stable near the horses. The stable boys helped them to hook the new horses to the carriage. Then riding the carriage, they went through the town and reached the apparel store. The woman, who was looking after the shop, spotted them and instantly recognized Ting-Guang. They were welcomed warmly and directly led to the back. The woman had them sit down and offered tea, as they double-checked everything they had purchased.
When they settled it, Shen-Ping tipped her, and the store workers helped to pack the things into trunks and move them to the carriage. Then, they went to each of the stores they had asked to keep things for them and tipped them before having the things packed in the carriage. When they were finished, Shen-Ping sat on the front of the carriage marking off the list, as Ting-Guang watched his every move.
Shen-Ping felt Ting-Guang’s gaze and he looked up. He gave him the next thing in their itinerary, “Now that that’s done, we just need to buy mainly food for us and the horses. I was thinking that now that we have these should we buy some servants?”
Ting-Guang arched his brow and then shrugged. “It’s up to you.”
Shen-Ping looked at him and then blushed as he remembered the status that Ting-Guang held. “I have no intention of having the relationship I have with you with anyone else. Even a concubine cannot exist next to us. That is no better than blatantly cheating on you and the vows we made. The thing I hate the most are people that cheat their partner and I would rather die than do such a thing.” As Shen-Ping spoke irritation was clear in his voice.
Ting-Guang reached out and rubbed the back of his hand. He whispered, “I understand and I swear to never do the same.”
“The day you do is the day you die!” Shen-Ping snapped and turned away. Ting-Guang smiled, used one hand to drive the carriage, while still holding one of Shen-Ping’s hands with the other.
The couple continued to go around the town. They purchased the things that were listed and if Shen-Ping remembered something else along the way, they would also purchase it. Around lunchtime, they parked their carriage and paid for it to be watched before they went into a restaurant. They sat by the window where they could still see the carriage and then placed their order.
A waiter came over with a bowl of scented water and the couple washed their hands. Afterward, they waited, and the food was brought to them. They ate in silence only frowning slightly, if you looked from the outside the restaurant was clearly meant for those of high standing. But as they ate, they found that the food was subpar at best. It was because when Shen-Ping cooked, he didn’t use ingredients sparingly, this was all in accordance with the time and place he grew up.
They finished their meal with a frown and paid before going back to the carriage. They gave a tip to the stable boy, got on the carriage, and left.
“Next time we go on the road, I’ll prepare some dishes. My stomach doesn’t feel right after eating the food from that place,” Shen-Ping told Ting-Guang, as he continued driving.
Soon, they stopped in front of a large building and unlike the place he bought Ting-Guang from, this was a place that only sold well-trained servants. Most of the servants were in their younger years. You could choose which gender you wanted, and how old. Shen-Ping had no interest in buying other men and women and ger was obviously not in the ring of what he wanted.
They spoke to the person who led them to the back of the building. They went into a room that was in the design of the sleeping quarters of the military barracks. They were rows upon rows of bunk beds, in the room laughter and chatter of young boys could be heard. But it died down as soon as the door opened, the boys looked over and quickly ran to line up.
The man nodded and then lead them into the room. He explained, “These boys are all trained. They go from the age of seven to fourteen. No matter how young they are, you won’t have any issue of disobedience from them. They are all strong and healthy and they don’t come from questionable backgrounds. All the boys you see here came to us of their own accord, so you can feel at ease purchasing them.”
Shen-Ping asked, “Had any of them been trained as a stable boy? Someone who knows how to ride a horse, drive a carriage, and care for the horse?” Ten boys stepped forward, they all ranged from the age of seven to fourteen. “I need those who are strong enough to drive a carriage with four horses.” He watched as seven of the boys took a step back.
Shen-Ping continued, “I need someone who is capable of raising the others, from teaching to feeding.” Two of the older boys stepped forward.
“Can those who stepped forward do any other chores?” The oldest of those who had stepped forward was twelve years old, he nodded and started listing what they could do and what they learned.
In the end, they left the room followed by the five boys. He talked to the manager and soon they left the building. Shen-Ping turned to them and ordered, “The three younger ones sit at the back of the carriage, while the older ones follow on foot. We have two horses waiting for us at the head of the town. They are naturally not inclined to others riding them, so you boys will follow us driving the carriage. When we get back, we’ll talk about your other duties and responsibilities.”
They all nodded. Shen-Ping got on the carriage. Ting-Guang waited for the boys to get on the back before he drove the carriage. The couple and the group of children soon left the town. The couple rode on the side of the carriage while the three younger boys sat at the front. The two older ones stood at the back of the carriage, looking around as they returned to the village, obviously their arrival caused the villagers to look over in curiosity. Those that had nothing to do followed to find out about the newcomers and even as they entered the yard, a few onlookers loitered around.