Hey hey, Banana is slowly trying to get back into a translating schedule~~ XD So here’s the chapter yo~
List of characters :
帕特里 Patrik (Python) / 林沐 Lin Mu (Female)
科恩 Cohen (White tiger) / 拉尔 Lal (Centipede)
洛克 Locke (Horned lion) / 萨沙 Sasha (Female)
杰森 Jason (Black cobra) / 莱丝 Lais (Female)
罗伊德 Lloyd (???) / 菲尔 Phil (Female)
球球 Qiuqiu (pet?)
卡索 Casso (Winged Wolf)
达蒙 Damon (??? / Casso’s father)
米莎 Misha (Female)
马特 Matt (Silver wolf / Misha’s father)
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Chapter 20 Clothing
These days of getting along let the relationship between the four people become very harmonious, and they eventually became a small group of friends.
Lin Mu gets up early every day and wash his face by the stream. He breathed in the fresh air in the morning and starts a new day with a pleasant feeling. After a while, Sasha and the rest also came to the stream, yawning. Sasha squatted down to wash his1 face after greeting Lin Mu. Cool water from the stream was splashed on his face, and his drowsiness instantly disappeared, wholesomely refreshing.
Phil shook the water from his hand and asked, “Say Lin Mu, we have all the grass we need now. What are we going to do next?”
Cutting and gathering the thatch was done in just two days, plus they also collected a lot of firewood along the way, all thanks to Lal’s strong and sharp legs. Looking at the mountain-high pile of grasses and firewood, Lin Mu really regretted that he didn’t realize sooner that Lal is a useful lawnmower.
“Let’s look for edible stuff in the valley in the next few days. We can’t just eat meat like the beastmen, so we need to store more vegetables, especially spicy balls. The beastmen will go out to hunt during the rainy season, we will prepare these for them to drive out the cold. Other than that, Lal has helped us to open a road in four directions. That way, our trips to the mountain would be easier to go. ”
“Alright.” They were happy to have something to do.
“Phil and I have been to the west side before. Let’s go check out the east side today.”
“En, we’ll listen to you.”
After a few discussions, they made a simple breakfast and set off.
On the way.
Phil picked up the wild vegetables he saw and started chatting with Lin Mu. “Lin Mu, I saw that the house has been built quite high now. I wonder how it’ll look like when it’s finished? Really looking forward to it.”
“I’m really looking forward to it too, Lin Mu. I think the house you built is unique. It makes me curious what it looks like when it’s done.” Sasha then smilingly asked Lin Mu while holding onto his arm, “Lin Mu, say, do you know when the house will be completed? I can’t wait to move in. ”
Lin Mu smiled and nodded: “Don’t worry, they have started building the beams of the house now. The house will be done soon.”
“Also, I heard Phil said that the house would be brighter and warmer than a cave, is that true?”
Lin Mu nodded.
Sasha said with emotion, “We used to move into a cave during the rainy season. Because it often rains, the cave will be very humid, and it will be very uncomfortable to sleep at night. Also, for safety purposes, we will all stay together in the cave. During the whole rainy season, everyone will stay in the cave, so boring and uncomfortable. So I hated the rainy season the most.” Then he fiercely bit on a fruit.
Lais looked at him and laughed, “You ah, must be too active to sit still. As for our tribe, we will start sewing winter clothes in the rainy season, we weren’t as leisurely as you said.”
“En. I also used to make clothes during the rainy season. After the rainy season, I would be busy storing food. I’m already that busy in the past, just by searching for fruits and herbs. Now that I know about a lot of food in the mountains, I will definitely be busier.” Phil said, already making plans about food storage in his heart.
“I’m not in a hurry to make clothes. And I’m not in the mood to do so during the annoying rainy season.” Sasha wrinkled his nose.
Sasha is taller than Lin Mu. Lin Mu will definitely feel weird if someone else does the same action2, but Sasha, who has a babyface, looked cute doing that.
Lin Mu doesn’t know how to do that, and he doesn’t know if Patrik could make clothes either. He should ask Patrick when he returned to the base later.
Talking about clothes, they have always been curious about Lin Mu’s clothes. They don’t know what material was used to make his clothes. His clothing was softer and thinner than the softest Kaka beast’s skin.
“Lin Mu, what kind of animal skin are your clothes made of?” Sasha asked before reaching out to touch Lin Mu’s clothes. “So soft and beautiful.”
Lin Mu looked down at his clothes. His t-shirt has the simplest style, a little inconspicuous pattern was printed on a white background, but it was the best-looking clothing for those who are wearing animal skins.
“This clothing is from where I came from, it is not made of animal skin. This is called cloth … kind of related to a plant called cotton, but I don’t know much other than that.”
Lin Mu knew that the materials to make clothing are acrylic fiber, cotton, or something similar, and some use animal fur, such as wool. Thinking of wool sweater, Lin Mu was feeling hopeful for a bit. There is no shortage of animals in this world; naturally there will be a lot of animal fur that can be used. But when he thought of the fact that he can’t spin fiber, he can only fantasize about it. Lin Mu can’t help feeling disappointed in his heart.
“Lin Mu, your tribe is quite amazing that you can make clothes without using animal skins. Not sure if we can find what cot-something you mentioned, so we can all wear clothes like Lin Mu.” Sasha excited expressed his hope.
Phil added, “It’s called cotton. But Sasha is right, it will be great if we can find cotton.”
‘Even if we have it, I don’t know how to weave yarn from the raw cotton.’ Lin Mu thought to himself. But if he had cotton, he could make a quilt. Though a quilt made of animal skin would still be warm, he can only just think about it for now.
Lais’s painful exclaim caught their attention. Sasha and Phil rushed away to support him.
“What’s wrong with you, Lais?” Lin Mu asked with concern.
Lais pressed and rubbed the soles of his feet, and said with a smile, “It’s all right, my feet just grazed some jagged stones.”
Lin Mu looked at the animal skin wrapped around Lais’s feet. In this world, beastmen generally does not wear shoes. Only females cover their feet with animal skin because they were more fragile.
Phil glanced at the sneakers on Lin Mu’s feet, and sighed in admiration again, “Your people are amazing, to be able to make such peculiar shoes.”
Lin Mu looked at the animal skin wrapped on the three’s feet. The skin was so thin that Lin Mu admired them for still being able to walk with it. When the weather is hot, it was uncomfortable to wear sports shoes. Thinking about the other’s animal skin wrapping, Lin Mu thought for a while and decided, “We’ll make wooden clogs when we go back.” They were not extremely busy at the moment after all. Wooden clogs, ancient China’s sandal, is best to be used during summertime. In order to liberate his feet, Lin Mu made this decision.
The three men looked at Lin Mu in doubt; apparently they could not understand the word ‘wooden clogs’ from Lin Mu’s decision. But Lais manage to react a little faster. “Do you mean the shoes you are wearing right now?”
“It’s another kind of shoe, different from mine. It’s shoes used in summertime.”
“Let’s go back and make wooden clogs, I want to wear it.”
Lin Mu speechlessly looked at Sasha anxiously wanting to go back. Really someone who ‘hears the wind and said it’s rain3’.
Lais grabbed the anxious Sasha, and Phil, who was covering his mouth with a smile, helped to hold Sasha’s other hand. Lais said warmly, “Sasha, our task today is to find wild vegetables. How can we go back before we finish our task, you don’t need to eat lunch?”
“Of course I have to eat.” In Sasha’s mind, food is the most important. As Locke, well, he has to find it himself4.
The four continued their picking activities along the way, when they arrived at the foot of the mountain, they can barely hold onto their stuff. It’s really troublesome not having anything to put vegetables in. Lin Mu missed the tote bags, but in the times when there isn’t any cloth around, Lin Mu can only think about it.
“Put things on the ground, let’s take a break.” Lin Mu told them while sitting down under the nearest tree. The others followed him to sit down and rest.
Everyone took out their own water container and drank from it, while Lin Mu accidentally looked up and saw a unique tree. The tree is very tall, it can be regarded as ‘a crane in a flock of chicken’ in the woods where everywhere were towering trees. And what caught Lin Mu’s attention was its leaves that are shaped like a tung tree’s leaves, but the large size reminded Lin Mu of Princess Iron Fan’s Bajiao fan5 in the Journey to the West.
So Lin Mu pointed at that prominent existence and asked, “What tree is that?”
Lais looked up and said, “That’s a giant leaf tree.”
Giant leaf tree? Their names really signify their characteristics.
Phil looked at the giant leaf tree. “Lin Mu, we can pluck some back. The leaves of this tree are very special. They become soft after being dried in the sun and won’t crumble away like other leaves.”
“En, we often use these giant leaves to wrap food.” Sasha agreed.
Lin Mu looked at the leaves – soft, huge, used to wrap stuff. He then smilingly said, “It sounded really useful. We don’t need to pick them. Let’s get Patrik to send someone to pick them after we returned.”
“Why don’t we pick them ourselves? The beastmen are all busy building the house now.” Lais couldn’t understand why Lin Mu need other people to help.
“Because we need a lot, really a lot.”
Phil was confused, “A lot? What are you going to do with it?”
Lin Mu smiled proudly and said, “Mountain people have their own magic.6”
“Mountain people? What people?” Sasha looked at Lin Mu in wonder.
Lin Mu was stunned speechless by Sasha’s gaze. How can he explain to this child that he has become ‘a mountain man’? To save the trouble explaining it, Lin Mu decided to shut up.
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