Chapter 266: Jiajia’s Request
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He felt that this girl must be a lucky star sent by the heavens to help him solve his troubles every time.
On the way from the capital to Xiagou Village, if not for this person, even without the assassins and bandits, his ruined body might not have been able to handle the journey.
After they arrived at Xiagou Village, Shen Yijia ran around to earn money to support the family. Later on, she even cured his legs.
She had even saved Ah Xun a few days ago. Although it was a coincidence, without her, the Hun army would definitely not have retreated. It was impossible for Xunyang’s crisis to be resolved so easily.
This time, she discovered the potatoes. If not for her, no one would have recognized them at all. Perhaps they would have been thrown away by the old woman as junk.
Although they might not be able to find more of it to use as food, it was always good to have a beginning and direction.
Shen Yijia’s eyes darted around. She reached out and wrapped her arms around Song Jingchen’s waist. She asked carefully, “Then can I see your abs?”
Song Jingchen’s body stiffened.
This little vixen really dared to say anything. Just like how she would say something sweet from time to time, Song Jingchen still couldn’t get used to it after so long.
“Hubby?” Seeing that he did not reply for a long time, Shen Yijia moved her body, wanting to retreat from his arms.
Song Jingchen hugged her tightly and didn’t let her move. He pursed his lips and said, “It’s getting late. It’s time to rest.”
“I’ll only touch it. No, can I just take a look? I won’t touch it.” Shen Yijia negotiated.
Song Jingchen kissed her forehead helplessly and coaxed her softly, “Sleep. There might be news of the potatoes tomorrow.”
Shen Yijia refused to give up. “Then you can let me kiss you, I want to be on top.”
Song Jingchen’s forehead throbbed. He didn’t expect this girl to have such thoughts. He couldn’t take it anymore and lowered his head to seal her lips.
Ever since he was interrupted by South Wind last time, in order to prevent himself from losing control, he had already decided to touch her less. However, this girl was so persistent.
Shen Yijia was in a daze from the kiss. She could tell left from right anymore. How could she remember that she was supposed to be on top?
Song Jingchen wasn’t disappointed. The next day, Butler Wan brought the old man who had sent the potatoes into the residence. Coincidentally, the potatoes happened to be delivered to Butler Wan when they were sent in. Because this thing was novel, he took a few more glances and remembered this old man’s appearance.
The old man was in his fifties. Everyone called him Old Man Fang. He had dark skin and walked in with his head lowered. He did not dare to look around. As soon as he entered, he knelt down. “Greetings, Your Highness. Greetings, Young Master Shenzhi.”
“There’s no need to be so polite, old man. Sit down and answer.”
“I wouldn’t dare. I wonder why Your Highness summoned me! As long as I know, I’ll definitely tell you everything,” Old Fang said in fear and trepidation.
Shangguan Han rubbed his nose and did not force him. He only gestured for Butler Wan to help him up.
He looked at Song Jingchen, who only picked up his tea and took a sip. It was obvious that Song Jingchen wanted him to ask the questions and didn’t intend to interrupt.
Shangguan Han coughed lightly and pointed at the potatoes on the table in front of him. “Do you know this thing?”
Old Man Fang’s eyes did not seem to be working well. He narrowed his eyes for a long time but could not see clearly. Butler Wan immediately brought the potatoes to him so that he could identify them carefully.
“This… this is a little like what I gave His Highness back then. However, it wasn’t like this when I sent it over. Its skin was yellow and it didn’t sprout.”
At that time, this was the only thing in his family that he could show off, so he remembered it clearly.
“Then where did you get this thing from? Do you know what it’s called?” Shangguan Han leaned forward excitedly and stared at Old Man Fang.
Song Jingchen had already told him the importance of this thing. If he could find it, he could use it to temporarily resolve the current predicament of the commoners.
Perhaps Xunyang City would no longer have to worry about running out of food in the future.
When asked about the origins of this thing, Old Fang hesitated for a moment before suddenly kneeling down again. “To be honest, Your Highness, this thing was also obtained by chance.”
It turned out that Old Man Fang would go to the city gate to sell breakfast every day to maintain his livelihood. Before the Hun army arrived, a blond and fair-skinned man passed by. This was the first time he had seen someone dressed like this in his life, so he took a few more glances.
Unexpectedly, the man realized that the money bag was gone when he was about to settle the bill.
Old Man Fang could not understand what the blond man was saying. It took him a long time to guess. Although the man looked strange, he did not look like a bad person. Besides, there were only a few buns, so he did not pursue the matter.
Perhaps the blond man felt guilty, so he took out a small bag of this thing to pay for it.
At that time, the stall was too busy. After Old Fang hurriedly accepted it, he did not open it again. When he returned home, he realized that he did not know what was in this bag at all. He did not know what it was for, so he kept it at home.
Later on, when the Huns surrounded the city, there was really no more food at home. He accidentally found it and thought that he would starve to death without food, so he wanted to give it a try.
Because he wasn’t sure, he only dared to take it out after confirming that he was fine.
Old Fang, his wife, and his grandson ate sparingly. Coupled with the food that His Highness distributed to everyone every day, this bag of food lasted until there was only one left.
Later on, he heard that His Highness had fallen unconscious from exhaustion, so he sent the thing that had saved their family of three to the prince’s residence. He hoped that His Highness would recover after eating it.
As long as there was no Hun army surrounding the city, they would be able to find food in the mountains.
After hearing what he said, Shangguan Han sat back in disappointment. Old Fang’s words proved that this thing could indeed be eaten well.
However, it also meant that this thing could not be found on the mountain. It was impossible for them to find it.
This way, it was impossible to solve the food problem of the citizens in the city with these potatoes.
“What’s wrong with this, Your Highness?” Old Fang asked uneasily.
“Nothing is wrong.” Shangguan Han comforted him. “You’ve helped me a lot this time. You should be rewarded. Butler Wan, arrange for someone to send the old man back and bring some food along.”
After he left, Shangguan Han sighed in disappointment. “Cousin, what should we do now?”
“We’ll think of another way,” Song Jingchen said emotionlessly. He was naturally disappointed, but he didn’t place all his hopes on this small potato.
He stood up, picked up the potatoes, and instructed, “When the rain stops, continue to organize people to enter the mountains. Try to save as much food as possible before winter. You can follow them when the time comes.”
The mountain’s surroundings were almost picked clean of wild vegetables.
The deep mountains were too dangerous, so Song Jingchen could only personally bring people and organize the commoners to enter the mountains every day.
Even so, they had encountered a few ferocious beast attacks in the past few days. Needless to say, there were many injured and killed.