Friday, April 26, 2019

Hunters of the Forbidden Region ch 9.2 - No Relation

Anne walked over to Lin Shuo carrying with her two packs of MREs in each hand, “Mr. Lin, Ba-ye, take a look and see what strikes your fancy.”
The starling cocked its head and finally spoke, “Woman, we don’t eat stuff like these.”
“It looks like Ba-ye is finally feeling better,” smiled Anne. “But Ba-ye, certainly you must eat something!”
“Xiao Ba was right, we don’t eat stuff like these,” said Lin Shuo as he shook his head. “These are not nutritious enough.”
“Mr. Lin, surely you are kidding,” said Liu Qing as she approached them with a smile. “These are MREs, they are worth 1,000 calories each. I can’t even eat a pack in one meal, else I will gain too much weight.”
Lin Shuo did not rebut her but just stood up, “I am going to go look for something to eat.”
“Mr. Lin, we are deep inside an ancient forest, where are you going to find food from?” asked Liu Qing curiously.
“Let Mr. Lin be,” Anne waved her hand, “He knows what he is doing.”
Lin Shuo took Xiao Ba with him into the forest. Twenty minutes later and before it was entirely dark outside, they returned. Contrasting to him leaving empty-handed, Lin Shuo carried with him a roe deer on his shoulder.
This wasn’t a small roe deer, it was bigger than a normal goat, roughly about 30 kilograms.
Using the light from the camp fire, Lin Shuo carried the deer to the river side and skinned and prepped it with his dagger from his waist.
His actions were swift and efficient. It only took him about 2-3 minutes to clean the entire deer.
Lin Shuo then collected a couple tree branches from the river side and cleaned it with his dagger. He skewed the deer and carried it back.
“Excuse me,” he said. And the ones surrounding the fire moved over and provided him with a spot.
He set the deer up above the fire before he fished out a home-made can of spice from the fabric bag he had with him. Pouring spices on his hands, he sprinkled them all over the deer meat generously.
The grease from the heated up deer meat along with Lin Shou’s spice gave an exotic aroma that invaded everyone’s nostril.
Everybody sitting around the fire swallowed uncontrollably and simultaneously up down the MREs in their hands.
Everybody started staring at the deer being roasted on the open fire.
For about half an hour, Lin Shuo continued to adjust the angle of the deer to make sure each side of heated up evenly.
The aroma became more and more strong. With the delicacy in front of them, the happy anticipation made the mercenaries chatty:
“What is this? It smells so good!”
“No need to show off your ignorance, this is a roe deer!”
“I’ve always heard that roe deer smells amazing, this is the first time I have experienced it in person!”
“This roe deer is fat!”
“I know, it looks to be about 30 kilograms. Don’t worry, there’s enough to go around.”
“All we have to do is to take a detour for roe deer meat? Mr. Liu could have told us that, and Wang Xong wouldn’t have been beaten up!”
“Shut… shut up… Oh my face, Captain Wei didn’t hold back at all.”
“Nonsense, you know what you’ve done? If Captain Wei didn’t beat you up, you want Mr. Lin to?”
“Exactly. This is Mr. Lin we are talking about. If it was him, you’d at least be half dead. Captain Wei was doing you a favor, dummy!”
“Mr. Lin, I apologize for my ignorance earlier. Please forgive me. You saved Captain Wei’s life, that’s the same as saving my life! Trust me, from now on if you say to go east, I will never go west!”
“This is such a surprise! Someone as strong as Mr. Lin, I thought he would never cook. I never expected him to be so good at barbequing!”
“Aiya, stop talking about it. I am starving!”
“Okay, okay. It’s almost ready!”
Lin Shuo said not one word while the team of surrounding soldiers chatted away as though he couldn’t hear a word they were saying.
When he felt that the roe deer was almost done, he picked the roe deer up from the barbeque stick and walked straight back to the rock he was sitting on in the corner.
He tore a leg off and tossed it over to Xiao Ba. Then, lifting up the barbeque stick with both hands, Lin Shuo took a big bite of the juicy belly meat. With the swift swing of his head, tore off a large piece of the roe deer meat and started chewing.
All the mercenaries still sitting around the camp fire just stare at Lin Shuo, who was keeping all the meat to himself, stunned.
An air of embarrassment filled the surrounding of the camp fire and everybody quietly picked back up the MREs that were entirely code by their feet and started eating them one spoonful at a time.
Nobody dare utter a word, but everything felt that the MREs had never tasted so horrible before.
What was even more annoying was that not only was Lin Shuo eating lusciously; he was also eating very quickly. Almost half of the deer was gone in no time, as though someone would try to fight him over it.
Liu Qing was also observing Lin Shuo but kept her surprise inside. By the way it looked, Lin Shuo could easily finish the 30 or so kilograms of roe deer.
That was truly an astonishing appetite. No wonder he said the MREs weren’t going to be enough.
While Liu Qing was still looking at them incredulously, the starling fluttered its wings and flew over to where she and Anne were. He has in his peak a piece of meat around half a kilogram or so. The bird tossed its head and the meat flew from his peak into Anne’s hand.
Bluntly, the bird said, “Woman, Ba-ye kinda likes you. Here’s a piece of meat as a reward for you.”
Anne wasn’t sure how to react to that. The beauty took a look at Liu Qing sitting next to her, then at the other mercenaries. Even the one who was always very articulate in any situations was wordless.
“What about me?” smiled Liu Qing and winked at the starling.
“Ba-ye has no relationship with you.”
After throwing out those words, the starling fluttered it’s wings again and flew back to Lin Shuo.


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