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)
Howth (Golden winged lion)
Ba-Ao (Brown winged bear)
Please do not repost elsewhere and do not re-translate to other language from my English version.
Chapter 46 Picking fruit
After God Offering day is the busy harvest season, generally beast tribes will start collecting food at this season. For tribes that have access to salt, they know to use salt to preserve meat, which of course, they just simply dry the marinated meat. As for the females, they will usually collect fruit to make dried fruits. It will be another food option for them because they can’t eat just meat like the beastmen.
On the other hand, Patrik and the drifter beastman used to be constantly moving around during fall. They needed to find a place to live, and they didn’t have salt. They couldn’t store food even when their prey was most abundant. This is one of the reasons why they have to go hungry every winter. But now, their situation is much better. They have a place to live, a vast hunting area, and access to salt. Each of them believes that they will live well this winter. As for the females, Lais and the others will not forget their duty to collect fruits and will take Lin Mu along with them.
Lin Mu followed the females with a basket on his back and went up the mountain again. They have their ‘bodyguards’ with them, of course, which is Ryan and Lloyd. But this time their goal is apparent, that is – picking fruits. The females walked ahead together, with Ryan and Lloyd following behind. Each of the beastman carried 2 big baskets as well, there are many fruit trees on this mountain after all. But as they walked, Lin Mu noticed that Phil has stayed behind to walk with Lloyd. The others looked at them and smiled secretly, but they didn’t say anything, thinking that the pair is going to be official soon. Ryan tactfully to walk a bit ahead, since as a single beastman, it is not a pleasure to see couples being lovey-dovey with each other.
Sasha followed Lin Mu, and they walked forward. It didn’t take long for him(S) to dig out some food from his animal skin bag. It was the steamed bun Lin Mu made in the morning. It was so delicious that Sasha couldn’t stop eating. As a result, he got bloated. But when they set out to pick fruits, Sasha still took 2 buns with him. Since the walk is quite dull, he is thinking about taking a bun out to eat.
Lin Mu looked at Sasha in amazement, “We just ate breakfast not long ago, right? You were complaining that you ate too full earlier, so how could you get hungry so quickly?” In Lin Mu’s opinion, Sasha’s stomach is pretty amazing.
Sasha took a bite of the bun. “I’m not really hungry, just that I felt like chewing something.”
Lin Mu and Lais were speechless when they heard what he said.
“You are that typical kind of people whose brain is thinking of eating, but the stomach doesn’t want to eat.” Lin Mu scolded with a smile, “The bun has gone cold, don’t eat it. It will hurt your stomach, and it’s not good for your stomach if you keep it constantly full.” Not to mention Sasha just did that in the morning. In order to meet the beastmen’s tastebud, Lin Mu only mixed a few vegetables in the minced meat bun. It was quite meaty, so how can one still stomach the taste after the oil inside has cooled down and condensed?
Seeing Sasha looked like he couldn’t bear to let the bun down, Lin Mu suggested, “How about keeping it for lunch? It would taste better after we reheat it a bit.”
Sasha thought that it is a good idea, so he put the half of the bun into his animal skin bag.
Recently, Lin Mu has been making pastries. One of the reasons is because he wanted everyone to try it; the other reason is he really misses staple food too much. Before the steamer is made, Lin Mu will let them eat some dumplings and various flatbread. When the steamer is finally out, the first Lin Mu made was a basket of steamed buns. The moment the steamed buns came out of the basket, Lin Mu caught a whiff of the familiar flour smell and ate a big steamed bun without adding any side dishes. Of course, compared with steamed buns, those beastmen prefer stuffed buns, especially buns with meat filling. But the females like to add some vegetables instead, such as cabbage; they think it tastes better. Besides meat buns, Lin Mu also made veggie stuffed buns, using ingredients like shiitake mushroom, carrot and so on. In fact, the bun he wanted to make the most is chive and eggs stuffed bun, but it’s not possible right now because he hasn’t found chive yet.
Lin Mu has been asking the beastmen to collect sweety fruits these days. He would tell whoever going out, that as long as they saw the fruits, collect as much as they can; the more the better. As for the newly found flour balls, cabbage, and carrots, they naturally will pick new ones every day. Though right now is just the beginning of autumn, the season does not last long, only two and a half months, but there is still time. He planned to pick those cabbage and carrots in late autumn, after all, no one would fight for the vegetables with them. However, Lin Mu forgot about the animals in the mountains.
For Lin Mu, the tradition of going up the mountain to collect fruits during fall felt nice. But the way the fruits were preserved is too monotonous, just drying it. There are so many fruits on the mountain, and now that they have sugar and salt, Lin Mu thinks he should make some candied fruits, which are easy to preserve and taste delicious. With this in mind, Lin Mu went up the mountain to see what fruits are available to be harvested.
Because the beastmen already went to explore the mountains around in advance, they told the females that the western mountain has the most fruit trees, and the trees were quite densely grown. Walking up the route given by the beastmen, they soon saw the fruit trees. Lin Mu couldn’t recognize most of the fruits grown densely on the branches, but he could guess. Some of them should be the fruits he thought of, at least they should have the same taste. In fact, among the brightly coloured fruits, Lin Mu first noticed a fruit that looked like a persimmon. The golden yellow fruit is much larger than the usual persimmon, but it is nothing strange considering that everything is huge in this world.
Each of the females took out a curved bone knife, and they scattered to pick a tree each. Before that, they picked a branch with suitable length and tied the bone knife to it, then they can start picking their favourite fruits. To be honest, the females don’t have to go through all the troubles. They have 2 strong labourers with them after all, but they still prefer to pick the fruits by themselves. The results of their labour are significant, and they can also get some exercise through this task, so there is nothing wrong doing the job.
Lin Mu came under a tree and looked up at the drooping branches laden with fruits. The fruitful appearance made people feel satisfied. With a picking tool in his hand, it was quite awkward to use at first, and it took Lin Mu a lot of effort to pick a fruit. Then he looked at the 3 females who were skillfully working and felt envious. But Lin Mu knew that practice makes perfect. Staring the fruit in his hand, Lin Mu was not sure if it is really a persimmon or whether it could be eaten.
“Phil, come here a bit.” Lin Mu was about to ask someone when he saw Phil, who was standing closest to him. Besides, Phil is familiar with plants and should be able to answer him.
When Phil heard Lin Mu calling him, he gave the knife in his hand to Lloyd, who was following him all the time, and ran to Lin Mu, “Lin Mu, what’s the matter?”
After Lin Mu watched Phil’s series of actions, he suddenly realized that Lloyd is actually standing next to Phil. Will he(LM) be kicked by a donkey1 because he has disturbed other people’s love life? But he really didn’t see Lloyd just now, it was not on purpose. Not sure if there is an animal like a donkey in this world. If there is, it would be nice provided the donkey won’t kick him. Although Lin Mu felt terrible, but since Phil has come to his side, he must ask his question. Otherwise, he would have wasted this disturbance for nothing (this is Lin Mu’s rightful reason; otherwise he would have suffered Lloyd’s death stare in vain)2.
Lin Mu smiled and said to clueless Phil, “This is the fruit I just picked. I wonder if I can eat it? Is it poisonous?”
Phil: “This is not poisonous, but it’s too tangy. Someone has eaten it before, and they said after taking a mouthful, one would feel very uncomfortable and then throws up, but it is indeed not poisonous.”
“En, very tangy, the old people in our previous clan said so.”
Lin Mu nodded. If it’s tangy, then he is correct. It seems that this is really a persimmon of another world. Persimmons are delicious, and they can last a long time when they are made into dried persimmon.
Phil saw Lin Mu staring at the persimmon thoughtfully and advised, “This is really bad to eat. Let’s pick the red fruits with me instead.”
Lin Mu smiled and said, “No, I’m worried about being kicked by a donkey.”
Lin Mu’s words made Phil very puzzled, “What is a donkey? Why would you get kicked by the donkey when you pick fruit with me?”
That question is complicated to answer, Lin Mu can’t really say that it is a curse towards meddlesome people who disturbed other people from dating. Then he will have to explain what is dating; too troublesome. So Lin Mu chose not to explain. He just raised his chin and gestured to Lloyd who was picking the fruit over there. Phil quickly understood what Lin Mu meant. This is called things that don’t need to be said in words. Anyway, in the end, Lin Mu picked the persimmons by himself, while Phil blushed and went back to pick the fruit with Lloyd.
Ryan helped to collect the persimmons that Lin Mu picked. It can be said that he collected everyone’s fruits except for Phil’s. This made Lin Mu feel that Patrik’s arrangement to assign 2 people to them is really reasonable. (Actually, Patrik only arranged 2 beastmen to better protect the females, and he never thought to make them go to work as labour)3 Of course, Lloyd didn’t only care for Phil, he also helped Lin Mu pick a lot of persimmons. The 4 big back baskets were filled with many kinds of fruits.
Lin Mu walked in the woods and found lemons and grapefruits. Of course, according to Lais and the others, these things cannot be eaten. The lemon is too sour, and the grapefruit left a bitter impression to them, probably because they gnawed directly on the fruit instead of the flesh. Thinking about it, it’s regrettable because they were only a rind away from the edible pulp. What Lin Mu felt strange was, how can these fruits grow together in an area. This is a question worthy for discussion, but he can’t understand how things work in this world. It’s ever so mysterious. Hence, chaotic fruit seasons don’t seem to be anything wrong. Anyway, he can’t judge this world by the logic from Earth. He doesn’t have to worry himself with the matter, so Lin Mu happily cut the grapefruit with a knife, and divided some grapefruit halves with the rest. Then he listened to them exclaiming that it is delicious, and was instantly satisfied.
At noon, all 4 baskets are full of fruits, and the females carried some extra fruits in their small back baskets. Lin Mu managed to come across some chestnuts. He immediately asked Ryan and Lloyd to pick a lot of them and put them in the basket. Sugar roasted chestnuts are delicious.
Lloyd went out hunting at noon, while Ryan stayed to protect them and start the fire for cooking, while Lin Mu and the females are in charge of collecting firewood. Lloyd captured a prey that looked like a sheep, about 4 or 5 times the size of a normal sheep, enough for them to eat. When he brought it back, he had already cleaned and cut the meat. The reason why Lin Mu could see the appearance of the beast was from the animal skin Lloyd hung on a tree branch. The main course at noon is grilled meat. The females brought some steamed buns when they went out. So, they just have to roast the buns a bit until they are browned and smelled like mantou, then they could sandwich some meat in between. This is their favourite way to eat barbecue now.
The group didn’t use the initial route when they went back. Because of that, they were lucky to find some mushrooms and found a small spinach patch. This made Lin Mu very happy. After all, autumn spinach is delicious and suitable for making soup. He picked a lot of the vegetable because it’s not every day that they can come to the mountain. In general, Lin Mu and the others have had a good harvest. They picked a lot of fruits and found various autumn food. Green vegetables are still a favourite for the females.
It was quite early when the group reached home, but it has been quite a tiring day (only for the females, this distance is really not a big deal for the males’ physical fitness)4. So they simply washed their faces and went to take a nap in their rooms. When Lin Mu woke up, it has already dark outside, but the light in the room was very soft. Listening to the noise outside the room, Lin Mu guessed that the rest should have started cooking, or maybe they have started eating. In the past, the beastmen used to finish their meals very early before the day turned dark, but ever since they have the glowing stones, they were not so anxious to eat dinner. They often think that to be able to eat their meals in a bright room while the outside of the house is dark is a kind of enjoyment in their heart.
Lin Mu walked outside the door, and Sasha, the first person to notice him greeted with a wave. Then he saw Patrik’s eyes on him, a soft gaze with warmth. Patrik looked like he was cutting and sorting the meat. When he saw Patrik slicing the meat thinly, he knew that those were prepared for him, since the beastmen eat their meat in large chunks.
Walking towards Patrik, Lin Mu sat down beside him. He didn’t want to cook today, and just waited for others to cook for him. It’s a pleasant thought. Patrik went to wash his hands and sat down next to Lin Mu. He placed the plate with the thinly sliced meat beside him so that he could grill it later.
“Enough sleep?” Patrik couldn’t help stroking Lin Mu’s short hair. It is longer than when they first met, but it is the same soft feeling.
Lin Mu has become accustomed to Patrik behaviour of stroking his hair whenever he feels like it. Habit is such a terrible thing. Lin Mu nodded to answer Patrik’s question, he slept well today. Then he took a bite of the fruit that Patrik handed over to him, casually wondered it’s alright to eat fruits before the meal?
“Do you still feel tired?”
To be honest, Patrik didn’t want Lin Mu to work so hard to pick the fruits. In his opinion, it is easier for the beastmen to do the task. But thinking of Lin Mu’s temperament, he couldn’t say anything to stop Lin Mu. Moreover, the females in other tribes do in-charge of picking fruits and vegetables. After all, everyone wants to be valuable, and not all females like to rely on beastman. In their opinion, it is their job to collect fruits in autumn. So if they are deprived of that responsibility, the females would get angry, even if the males were only pitying them. Although Patrik knew that Lin Mu couldn’t be idle and knew that having things to do would be good for Lin Mu’s health, he still couldn’t help but feel distressed and wanted to help finish everything on his(LM) behalf.
Lin Mu drank spinach egg drop soup and had steamed buns for dinner. It was a comfortable meal for him. Moreover, with the addition of chilli, the spiciness of the soup is moderate and suited Lin Mu’s appetite even more. Hence, Lin Mu finished a bowl and a half of the soup in no time; the bowl was the large bowl Patrik used to eat.
Lin Mu ate till he is full at night, plus he slept through the afternoon, so he and Patrik didn’t go back to the room to relax after the meal, but took a walk in front of their house for digestion purpose. Of course, the path they walked on was secluded, along with the trees. Patrik took Lin Mu’s hand, and the two walked quietly, listening to the sounds of unknown insects in the woods. Neither of them spoke, as they quietly enjoyed the comfortable silence.
Lin Mu looked up at the man next to him, who was holding his hands under the bright moonlight. Truth to be told, he is very grateful to the person (God?) who sent him here in the beast world, which he is lucky enough to find his life partner. Having a partner to stay with each other for a lifetime, not many people can do so on Earth, but he can easily get it in this world. How lucky he is to be blessed with such a simple and happy life?
Looking at the handsome side profile of the man, Lin Mu admitted that he liked Patrik. He used to wonder why he could accept Patrik; accept a man. Although he has never been in a relationship before in his previous life, he only thought that girls are beautiful and has never felt any man to be attractive. And now he can accept Patrik, maybe because Patrik loves him. Lin Mu knows how much he yearns for others to love him, and with sincerity. Sometimes, he feels that he is indeed a very cowardly person, and will choose to escape if something happens. How can such a timid person shoulder a family on his shoulders, how can he give a woman a strong arm to lean onto? Thinking about it this way, perhaps finding a male partner may really be his best choice. After all, he does not have a strong arm for others to rely on, and he desires to lean on someone else instead. And now Patrik brings him peace of mind, happiness and satisfaction, which shows that his choice is correct.
“Patrik, you are the only person I can rely on in this world.”
Patrik didn’t know why would Lin Mu suddenly said this, but having his prospective partner saying that he is the only person he could rely on would definitely make him happy for a long time. Patrik held Lin Mu tightly in his arms and stated his claim overbearingly, “I will be the only support you ever need, and it is a must. You can only be mine, and only I can bring you happiness.”
Lin Mu looked at Patrik’s determined and serious eyes and nodded, “En.”
“So, we have to hold the ceremony as soon as possible.”
“No, not really. Just that… is this a marriage proposal?”
Patrik looked at Lin Mu and took out the beast tooth he had prepared earlier, “This is the tooth of a snow wolf, the prey I caught in my first hunt. If you accept it, it means you accepted my proposal.”
Lin Mu stared at the yellowed beast tooth. The tooth should have been with Patrik for a long time. He picked it up from Patrik’s palm. “I’m taking this.” Then Lin Mu smiled at Patrik.
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