“Sir chairman, you dont have money” Agnes who had been silently following him since he came into the Falling Rain Forest suddenly stopped and turned to look at Xu Yi. She dug around in her clothes for a bit before taking out a gold coin to hand to Xu Yi, “Here, I only have this much on me now, you can take it for now.”
Xu Yi looked at the gold coin in Agnes slender fingers in surprise before looking up at Agnes serious expression and saying in a confused voice, “What are you doing”
“Didnt you say to chief Siluka that you dont have money I dont have any use holding onto these gold coins for now, so you can take them.” Agnes responded with a natural look on her face.
Xu Yi finally understood her meaning and didnt know whether to laugh or cry as he pushed her hand back while saying, “Agnes, I said that I dont have money, but more accurately it isnt that I myself dont have money, rather its the Frestech Chamber of Commerce that doesnt have money. Do you understand what I mean”
“Ah The company doesnt have money” Agnes eyes popped open in surprise and she looked at the gold coins in her hand before shaking her head, “This bit probably wont be enough. How about when we go see the elder later, you can talk to the elder about borrowing some from her Didnt you give the elder wages for our clansmen, it seemed to be several thousand gold coins.”
Seeing Agnes innocent face, Xu Yi couldnt help finding it funny.
“Agnes, looks like you still dont understand what I mean. When I say the company doesnt have money, Im talking about how we have no floating capital. It means that if the company really needs money to use, we cant take out the capital. If the company really needs to use money, several thousand gold coins is far from being enough.”
“Then what do we do If we cant take out money when we need it, wouldnt our company be in big trouble” Agnes was a bit anxious, “Sir chairman, have you thought about what we should do”
“Relax, its not as serious as you think, its just a temporary lack of funds. Then again, after another period of time, the company will be able to naturally earn plenty of money.” Xu Yi waved his hand as he comforted her.
“Oh, thats good.” Agnes expression calmed down. She thought about it before doubtfully asking, “But sir chairman, why is the company suddenly out of money I remember that our Frestech Chamber of Commerce has been earning a lot during the past few months. Last time I heard manager Sebas say that just last month, the company earned several tens of thousands of gold coins.”
“Then you didnt pay attention to him saying how much we spent” Xu Yi said with a smile, “Let me tell you, our companys earnings havent been small in the past few months, but weve spent even more. Not mentioning anything else, weve already invested three hundred thousand gold coins into the Falling Rain Valley. Adding in the over a hundred thousand for the Falling Rain Road and the hundred thousand for the road between Banta City and Karma City, as well as the various expenses and fixed costs the company has, the company doesnt even have twenty thousand gold coins in cash. We really can be considered out of money.”
Anges stuck out her tongue, “So theres still twenty thousand gold coins, I thought there wasnt even a single gold coin left.”
Xu Yi couldnt help rolling his eyes. He thought that after Agnes followed him for several months, why did she still not care about worldly matters
Could it be that the elves really were like the rumours Because of their long lives, it was hard for them to change
Thinking of this, Xu Yi couldnt help looking at the dark Falling Rain Forest in front of him. If the elves really were like this, elder Illusias hope of letting the elves live in harmony with humans really would be hard to realize.
“I am also worried about this.” Elder Illusia gave a slight nod, “So I had Agnes follow by your side the entire time because human merchants have the most ideas among you humans and are the most flexible humans. If Agnes can live normally by your side and learn how to be flexible like humans from you, I believe that the other elves can do the same.”
“The problem is…...I feel that Agnes hasnt changed much from the first time Ive seen her. Rather I feel that shes become even more innocent compared to before.” Xu Yi said with a frown.
“No, just the opposite. Compared to back when she lived in the tribe, theres already been a large change in Agnes.” Elder Illusia shook her head with a faint smile, “Agnes was just a very pure child before, she would only think simple thoughts about matters. But now, according to what youve told me before, she has learned to not appear as soon as you mentioned that you didnt have money, rather she waited until you came to the Falling Rain Forest to express her thoughts. This can be considered her learning how to use proper timing from you humans.”
Xu Yi was speechless. This was a skill humans had innately, how did it become something this worthy of praise when it came to Agnes
“This is because you are humans and we are elves.” Elder Illusia answered Xu Yis question with a very general and real answer.
Xu Yi shook his head, as he still couldnt understand the thoughts of elves.
“Alright, putting the change with Agnes aside, we should talk about business.” Xu Yi took out a cover for the new generation Magic Fan from his backpack and handed it over.
Elder Illusia took it to look over before curiously looking at Xu Yi, “Is there a problem with this plastic cover”
“Theres no problem just looking at it alone, but……” Xu Yi came forward and pointed at a finely made flower design on the top right of the cover as he said, “Its a problem that this part isnt the same as the other Magic Fan covers.”
Elder Illusia looked at the finely carved flower pattern and was very confused.
“I dont see any problems, this flower is carved very beautifully.”
“This flower itself is the problem.” Xu Yi said with a serious expression, “Elder Illusia, when I asked your Night Song Tribe to make these plastic covers for the Magic Fans, didnt I give you some blueprints to follow”
“Un.” Elder Illusia stood up to flip through a box and took out several pieces of paper, “They are still here.”
“I ask the elder to look it over, is there a flower design on the covers on the blueprints” Xu Yi asked.
Elder Illusia looked at the blueprint and shook her head, “The blueprint doesnt have any.”
“So that means when making this Magic Fan cover, the elf responsible didnt follow the blueprint, right” Xu Yi kept asking.
“It seems to be that way.” Elder Illusia nodded before revealing a look of confusion, “But chairman Xu, I still dont understand whats the problem. There is an extra beautiful design on this Magic Fan cover, could it be that it doesnt make the Magic Fan more beautiful”
“It isnt a problem if its said like this, but honourable elder, this Magic Fan is not a single unit and is a mass produced product of our company, so that makes it a very large problem.” Xu Yi said with a serious face.
Seeing the serious expression on Xu YIs face, elder Illusia thought about it before sitting down and saying to Xu Yi with a serious look, “Chairman Xu, I dont understand what you mean. Please explain it to me.”
“Alright.” Xu Yi didnt hold back and picked up the Magic Fan cover as he said, “Elder, if there was a Magic Fan cover with this design and one without it, if these two Magic Fans had the same price and you wanted to buy a Magic Fan, which one would you pick”
“Clearly the one with the design because it looks better.” Elder Illusia replied.
“Good. That means that at the same price, it is impossible for the Magic Fan without the design to be sold, right”
“Not necessarily, perhaps there are humans that like ones without designs.”
“Un, we cant rule out that possibility. But elder Illusia, dont you have to admit that the price of these two Magic Fans should be different Because of the difference in design, their price shouldnt be the same.”
“Then the problem appears there. This Magic Fan cover is being used with Magic Fan covers without designs to make the same mass produced product, so if we put these covers on, then that means itll be difficult to set a price on this batch of Magic Fans. This is because people wont accept that they can buy products of different value at the same price.” Xu Yi raised the plastic cover in his hand, “So when our company is producing Magic Fans, this kind of cover is treated as a defective product and it isnt used.”
“Defective product” Elder Illusia looked at Xu Yi in surprise, “Chairman Xu, in the skilled hands of us elves, how could there be a defective product You must have made some kind of mistake”
Xu Yi slightly knit his brows and said with a serious expression, “Honourable elder, it doesnt matter if youre willing to admit it or not, but this is the standard of our company. Any parts that dont follow that standard will be considered a defective product!”
Seeing how serious Xu Yi was treating this, elder Illusia considered this a bit before giving a slight now, “Alright, since we are making things requested by your company, we should follow the standard you have set. You are right.”
Xu Yi looked at elder Illusia and confirmed that nothing was wrong with her before continuing, “Actually this cover is just one of the situations that isnt considered that serious, the more serious ones are when the entire covers shape is distorted. We cant assemble them with the other parts of the Magic Fan at all. After our final examination, weve found that among the twenty thousand Magic Fan covers you made this time, the defective products reached 30%. So honourable elder, I came this time to ask you…..what is going on”-