as thinking about the matters of the mooncakes, the bus suddenly stopped.
He wrapped arm around Xu Fan so that Xu Fan wouldn’t fall forward.
He was still unsure of the situation when he heard the bus driver say the bus broke down and that they had to get off for a second.
And so, everyone got off the bus and sat under the shade of the tree by the road to wait.
They had to wait over an hour, and Xu Fan became listless from all the waiting.

After having a good meal in the city, Xu Fan instantly came alive again and followed Xu Zhao to the West Prefecture Food Factory.
To be able to gain a 9,000 mooncake order in one shot and to obtain a huge 324 Yuan deposit, Xu Jianguo started to view Xu Zhao in a new light.
He never thought that Xu Zhao would be so capable for being so young.
Moreover, he obtained orders from the steel and cigarette factories.
He was truly extraordinary.

Xu Jianguo immediately treated Xu Zhao more courteously than last time.
His words and manners showed the admiration he held for Xu Zhao.

After the contract was complete, Xu Zhao brought up the request of having a trial sale for the mooncake.

“Trial sale? How many pieces do you want?” Xu Jianguo curiously asked.

Xu Zhao thought for a second, then said, “One thousand.”



One thousand pieces—by tomorrow—

Xu Jianguo thought for a moment, then said with embarrassment, “We may not be able to make 1,000 pieces.”

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“Why not?” Xu Zhao asked back.

“Mooncake is actually just one production line of our food factory.
Under normal circumstances, we normally won’t start full production of mooncakes until next week.
And when that happens, the employees of the other production lines would also come to help, so producing 9,000 mooncakes in a day wouldn’t even be a problem,” Xu Jianguo said honestly.

“However, the production of mooncakes only just started, so there’s only two workers for this production line.
Moreover, these two workers aren’t very experienced, and one person can only produce 100 catties of mooncakes a day at most, which would be 500 pieces.
However, it’s already late.
There isn’t enough time to produce, much less mend any flaws the process may have.
There’s definitely no way to make 1,000 pieces by tomorrow.”

Xu Zhao settled for the second best and asked, “500? what about 500?”

Xu Jianguo looked down and calculated, then said, “Yes, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow afternoon.
We will definitely have 500 pieces tomorrow afternoon.”

Xu Zhao breathed a sigh of relief and said, “Okay.
I’ll come back tomorrow afternoon to pick up the 500 pieces.”


After saying goodbye to Xu Jianguo, Xu Zhao took Xu Fan out of the West Prefecture Food Factory district and rode the bicycle to the bus station yet again.
He stopped the bicycle to the side, and the father and sun sat under the shade of the tree.
They waited for the bus while doodling on the ground with a branch.

“Daddy, what are you drawing?” Xu Fan crouched down beside Xu Zhao and asked.

Xu Fan casually said, “I’m drawing Xu Fan.” In fact, he wasn’t.
It was just a stick figure of a baby’s face.

Unexpectedly, Xu Fan immediately cheered.
“Wow, it looks so good.”

“…” How could he be so narcissistic!

They continued to wait as they drew, and after waiting for about 30 minutes, the bus still hadn’t arrived.
Xu Zhao suspected that there weren’t any more buses, but it was clear that there was still another bus scheduled for the day.
Xu Zhao couldn’t hold back anymore and went to find the bus driver to ask.
After asking, he found out that there was a bus today, the one he had ridden this afternoon, that had broken down again.
They had just sent it for maintenance, but they didn’t know when it would come back.
Therefore, the last scheduled bus was canceled.

In other words, Xu Zhao and Xu Fan had no way of getting home.

Xu Zhao lowered his head to look at Xu Fan.

Xu Fan raised his small face to look at Xu Zhao and anxiously asked, “Daddy, why isn’t the even bigger car here yet?”

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Xu Zhao squatted down and looked eye to eye with Xu Fan as he said, “The even bigger car isn’t coming today.”

“Why not?” Xu Fan asked.

“Because it’s broken.”

“Broken,” Xu Fan repeated, his small face endearingly silly looking.
He thought for a moment, but couldn’t think of anything.
His watery eyes landed on Xu Zhao’s body again as he asked, “Daddy, what should we do?”

Xu Zhao smiled and asked, “Yes, what should we do? We can’t return home now.
Are you scared?”

Xu Fan immediately replied, “I’m not scared.”

“Why aren’t you scared?”

“Because Daddy is here.”

Because Daddy is here—

What a heartwarming sentence.

Xu Zhao’s heart instantly lightened.
He patted Xu Fan’s small meaty face and said, “Daddy made money today, so I’ll take you to stay at a hotel and eat good food.”

Stay at a hotel! Get good food!” Xu Fan happily repeated Xu Zhao’s words.
He clearly didn’t know the current situation, but he was happy as long as he was with Daddy.

In fact, Xu Zhao didn’t know if there were any available hotels now or if West Prefecture City even had any hotels.

However, there definitely will be a place to stay.
Before finding a place, he needed to notify Mother and Father Xu first or else the two elders would worry about him and Xu Fan coming home late.
However, the phone at Uncle Zhang’s home was only installed recently.
After borrowing the phone, he only focused on helping Uncle Zhang read and write the letter and forgot to note down Uncle Zhang’s phone number.
Therefore, he had no way of directly contacting Mother Xu.
It appeared he could only look for Cui Qingfeng.

And so, he rode the bicycle and brought Xu Fan to leave the bus station.
He found a shop nearby and spent ten cents to use the shop’s public telephone to call the Cui residence.
After ringing four or five times, there still wasn’t an answer.
Perhaps the Cui family wasn’t at home right now? When Xu Zhao thought that no one would answer and as he was just about to hang up to call again later, a man’s voice came from the other side.

“Youngest uncle,” Xu Zhao called out.

Cui Dingchen’s voice was as deep as ever as he asked the other side, “Xu Zhao?”

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