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Chapter 42 Part 1 Cooperation
Striding over to Xiào Mu, Leo took the umbrella from Xiào Mu’s hand and held it up for him. Then he blankly looked at Wood, “If I remember it correctly, you came from the special training team, right? But now you are so ‘delicate’ that you need to use the umbrella when going out. It seems that I need to arrange more training tasks for you.”
The ‘delicate’ Xiào Mu: “…”
Upon hearing those words, Wood felt a chill down his back. He quickly said, “No, no, no, I don’t need it,” he glanced at the umbrella and added, “The umbrella is too big so I got covered as I’m a bit too close.”
As soon as he said this, Wood found Major General Leo’s face turned darker so he immediately said, “No, it’s not that I’m too close, it’s…”
Leo frowned and interrupted Wood, “You are already 60 years old!”
Wood: “… I’m only 56 years old in December.”
Leo ignored Wood’s rebuttal and looked at Xiào Mu with a serious reminder, “Wood is almost 60 years old.”
Leo remembered clearly how Xiào Mu was taken aback when he(XM) knew that he is 38. Although he is considered young before reaching 100 years old, Xiào Mu didn’t seem to like older people. Leo thought that his own age is just right, while Wood is a little too old.
Xiào Mu looked at Wood in surprise. To him, Wood looked almost like a 30-year-old in his world, or even younger. He couldn’t tell that Wood is more than 50 years old at all. Xiào Mu squatted down and stretched out his hand, “Let me dig ba. If I know earlier that you are so old, I definitely won’t let you do the rough work.
The corner of Wood’s mouth twitched, “Master Xiào Mu, I’m still very young. Digging medicine is very simple, and not a rough job at all.” He said, as if to verify his words, Wood waved the medicine shovel and shoveled towards the root of the herb.
“PENG…” Due to using too much strength, the metal part of the medicine shovel flew off from the handle and rolled a few times on the ground.
Xiào Mu stayed silent for a moment before saying, “I believe what you said. You are indeed very young and strong.”
Leo said blankly, “No, he’s old. See, he can’t even control his strength.”
The corner of Wood’s mouth couldn’t help but twitch again. He walked to the side and picked up the medicine shovel.
Xiào Mu leaned over and stared at the shovel, “Can it still be used? I only bought one.”
Holding the umbrella, Leo followed Xiào Mu closely, making sure that he would not be exposed to the sun. He heard Xiào Mu’s question and glanced at him, “Don’t worry, it’s easy to fix. If it can’t be fixed,” Leo glanced at the herbs on the ground, “There are other ways to harvest the herb.”
The method Leo said is simple and rough. He got someone to drive an excavator to shovel a piece of land containing the herbs. Then he gets his men to pick up the herbal medicine, knocked off the soil adhering to the roots, and placed them neatly aside.
Xiào Mu only needs to put the herbs in his space storage, which is simple and fast. When it is time for dinner, Xiào Mu’s backpack is already full. Seeing the fruits of the harvest, Xiào Mu’s eyes are slightly curved with a smile, “Thank you, Major General.”
Xiào Mu’s black eyes are extremely bright. Leo who is holding the umbrella with his right hand, and couldn’t help raising his left hand and rubbed his thumb lightly at the corner of Xiào Mu’s eye. Seeing Xiào Mu froze, Leo restrained the urge to continue and retracted his hand naturally.
Coming back to his senses, Xiào Mu rubbed his eyes with the back of his hand, and asked in embarrassment, “Is my face dirty? I’m going to wash it.”
To put something in the system backpack, Xiào Mu has to touch the item. He has been storing the herbs, so he will inevitably touch some soil too. Perhaps he accidentally smudged some dirt on his face.
Leo’s eyes flickered. He lifted his hand to touch Xiào Mu’s forehead, down to the side of his face, and finally pressed on the corner of his lips. Then, Leo said with a low voice, “It’s clean now.”
Xiào Mu blinked, he had a feeling that something is wrong, and took a step aside, “I’ll go back to my room.”
Leo followed tightly Xiào Mu and shaded him under the umbrella. Though the sunlight is weaker now, he still worries about Xiào Mu getting burnt by the sunlight. Xiào Mu is helpless and felt that Leo is too nervous. Seeing that he insisted on not letting him basking, Xiào Mu offered to hold the umbrella instead, but Leo refused. He gave a good reason too. “Your hands are dirty, so you will get the umbrella’s handle dirty.”
Xiào Mu glanced at his dirty hands and decided to let Leo hold the umbrella.
At the door of Xiào Mu’s room, Leo said, “My room is just next door. The one in the west is to the cafeteria. I will come to see you in 5 minutes and we’ll have dinner together.”
Xiào Mu nodded. After entering his room, he went directly to the bathroom and washed his hands carefully. Xiào Mu looked at his face left and right in the mirror but his face looked clean and there are no traces of dust on his face. That man Leo, did he, he couldn’t be taking advantage of him just now? Or did he wipe it too clean? Xiào Mu subconsciously chose the second explanation.
As soon as Xiào Mu and Leo walked into the cafeteria, they almost get burnt by the scorching gaze. Some stared with worshipping eyes at Leo, but most of them looked at Xiào Mu curiously. Xiào Mu’s immunity to the gazes has improved day by day, but he still got affected when he is eating. Leo looked around coldly, and the gaze that fell on Xiào Mu immediately retracted. Xiào Mu felt relieved.
“Eat well,” Leo wrinkled his brows. “You are too skinny.”
Xiào Mu glanced at his hand and pinched at the flesh on his wrist, saying, “Actually, I have enough flesh. It’s just that my bone structure is smaller than yours, hence looked thinner.”
Leo picked up a piece of meat and said, “Not as much meat as this piece of meat.” After speaking, Leo stared intently at Xiào Mu’s wrist and took a bite of the meat.
Seeing that makes Xiào Mu felt an inexplicable pain in his wrist.
After eating, the two went back to their room together. Leo stood outside the door of Xiào Mu’s room, “There is still training in the evening, I have to go and oversee it, are you going with me?”
Xiào Mu is thinking about making a new medicine with the herbs so he shook his head, “I’m not going.”
Leo nodded, “Generally speaking, there is no danger here. But just in case, Wood stays behind to protect you, so yell out if something happens.”
Xiào Mu nodded, “Okay.”
Returning to his room, Xiào Mu took out the big medicine mortar. He put in the herbs and started to pound them with the pestle. Due to the scorching sunlight on this planet, the leaves of Wuming Extract are dry, but it is still very different from the processed dried ingredients he bought online before. Worried that the efficacy of the medicine would be compromised, Xiào Mu wanted to mash the herbs first before starting to make the medicine.
Although the leaves are dry, they are still fresh leaves. After being mashed, a lot of water is squeezed out and it mixed with the broken leaves, which made the content looked really ugly. Xiào Mu silently glanced at the messy large pill mortar and stopped pounding to avoid wasting the medicine. He opened the system panel and switched to the medical-making panel. Trying his luck, Xiào Mu touched the button for the intermediate low-grade healing pill.
[Do you want to start making this medicine?]
[Please select the quantity, ?/10]
Without hesitation, Xiào Mu choose the maximum quantity of 10, and a familiar feeling swept over his body. Soon after, his spiritual filaments shimmered, and when the light dissipated, 10 light green pills fell into the big medicine mortar. The mortar which is originally dirty is very clean now, there’s nothing in there except for the pills. Xiào Mu could smell a faint fragrance of nuts. He couldn’t help but twitched his nose and swallowed his saliva. He began to regret that he didn’t put nuts in his system backpack.
Taking a pill to his hand, Xiào Mu can smell that the scent came from the pill. At the same time, a notification appeared in his mind: [Recover 3,000 spiritual power with 2 hours interval between use.] Xiào Mu checked the system panel and saw the progress of his medical skills had increased by 10, and his spiritual power has been consumed 400 points. He casually gave himself a Pin Hold buff and thought with his chin on his palm.
The herbs he placed in the big medicine mortar just now are at least 100 grams. Logically speaking, 10 pills should only require 20 grams of Wuming Extract, but the actual consumption is far more than that. No, it should be because the medicine has not been processed. Xiào Mu couldn’t help but glance at the clean mortar again. It seems that when he made the medicine (using the system), he will automatically process the ingredients to remove the unwanted parts. So, the weight of the usable parts will be calculated and show the number of pills that can be made. The corner of Xiào Mu’s mouth curved up, the system is so convenient.
Having gained experience from the 1st try, Xiào Mu took out a bunch of herbs. In order to put more herbs into the big medicine mortar at one time, Xiào Mu will still mash them up. He put about 1 catty1 and made 50 pills. After making 2 more batches, Xiào Mu made a total of 160 intermediate low-grade healing pills.
Continuously making the pills caused Xiào Mu’s spiritual power to be consumed a lot. He glanced at the time and took a rest. After a good rest, Xiào Mu went out for a run and exercise and used his skills to restore spiritual power while running. He ran in the open space in the middle of the dormitory building. The sky gradually dimmed, but there are street lights on the streets so it did not affect his running.
A faint shout and applause came from a distance, and Xiào Mu glanced in the direction of the training ground, where the lights are bright and especially conspicuous at night. Xiào Mu’s physical strength has now reached the lower level of ordinary people. Moreover, he took boost medicine halfway through the run. He relied only on running to exercises so his running time is much longer than before. Even though he has been trying his best to run as fast as he can, by the time his physical strength reaches the safe point, it’s only a bit more than half an hour later. Xiào Mu panted and walked slowly for a while before returning to the dormitory, which by then, his spiritual power has returned to full value. He continued to make more intermediate low-grade healing pills and produced another 200 pills. At this moment, Wuming Extract is almost used up.
Xiào Mu previously thought that he harvested quite a lot of Wuming Extract, but now he thinks he was too naive. The herbs might look like it’s a lot, but they are light in weight and occupy a lot of space. Xiào Mu is about to put the pills into the porcelain bottle when he heard a noise outside the door. He thought that it’s strange and then someone knocked on the door. Leo’s voice came from outside, “Xiào Mu?”
Xiào Mu is taken aback. He got up and opened the door. Leo is standing outside the door with a cold face. Behind him stood 3 sentinels in combat uniforms, 2 of which are restraining a red-faced dark-skinned sentinel.
The dark-skinned sentinel is extremely irritable and yelled, “Let go of me!” As he struggled, he suddenly stopped and stared in the direction of Xiào Mu in a daze, “It smells good.”
“What is that?! It smells so good!” The other 2 sentinels’ complexions changed instantly, and they couldn’t wait to peek inside the door through Xiào Mu.
Leo looked at Xiào Mu, “Are you making medicine again?”
Xiào Mu nodded and pointed to the dark-skinned sentinel, “Mental confusion?” The manic sentinel in the promotion for Delish Meds before this had a similar expression with this dark-skinned sentinel.
“Yes,” Leo replied, his expression sinking, “His spiritual power is unstable, but still wants to challenge me. So he went into mental confusion during the battle.”
The 2 most serious mental illnesses occur in sentinel. One is zoning that is caused by the severe lack of spiritual power and their spiritual state loses its vitality. The other is the mental confusion caused by the insufficient control of the spiritual power. The former is a quiet death, while the latter will always cause some trouble to others.
Raw word count: 6149 (whole chapter)