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Chapter 20 Part 2/2
“Of course not!”
“As I said, I want to help you so that you don’t have to work too hard. ”
Lu Qiming shrugged and handed a cart to her.
“Okay, then let’s go together.”
She chuckled in her heart, pushing the car behind him.
Many vehicles were seen along the road.
Some were parked on the side of the road, some were parked in the garage, all with a layer of dust and fallen leaves, and the weeds grew crazy under the wheels.
People who can afford to live in a villa by the lake are either rich or loaded, so the cars are luxury cars that Jiang Miaomiao didn’t dare to think about before.
She has seen the navigation. The nearest community here is three stops away. It would be better if she could drive there.
It’s a pity that driving is too noisy, which can easily attract zombies, so it’s safer to walk slowly like this.
Facing the rising sun, the two of them were ready for a long walk.
But not long after leaving the community’s gate, I saw a custom shop with anti-theft windows on the side of the road.
The store door was open, maintaining the chaotic scene on the day of the zombie outbreak. Many materials on the shelves were swept to the ground and piled together in a mess.
Lu Qiming came up with a new idea temporarily.
The old is not as good as the new. The ready-made materials are in front of them. How good it is to move it home and do it directly. Why bother to dismantle other people’s second-hand.
He was pushing the car to pass. Jiang Miaomiao saw his intentions and asked worriedly.：
“Are you sure you can make a complete anti-theft window? Have you done it before?”
To dismantle the second-hand one, you just need to find the right size, remove it, and take it home to make a few adjustments.
The raw materials used are different. The aluminum alloys are all made one by one. You need to measure the size, cut, grind, splice, and finally install to get them back home. The difficulty is at least several times that of the former.
Those who specialize in this business need to be apprentices for several years to get started.
Lu Qiming’s tone was relaxed.
“Haven’t you eaten pork, haven’t you seen pigs running? Just these few pipes are not difficult. Come on, give me a hand, pick up the materials and bring them back.”
He was so confident that Jiang Miaomiao was happy to walk less and help him choose materials.
There are many kinds of materials in the store, aluminum alloy, stainless steel, color steel, steel-plastic composite and iron art.
They have no requirements for price or appearance. As long as they are strong, they can withstand zombies.
Lu Qiming picked out each piece of material and broke it with his knees to test its strength.
After testing everything, he decided to use stainless steel.
The two found all the stainless steel pipes in the shop and piled them on the cart as much as possible.
The cart used to be used to load potato chips and paper towels in supermarkets, but now it is suddenly used as a truck by them, and the frame is bent.
The two carts were all piled up with steel pipes, and Lu Qiming went on to look for accessories.
Screws, electric drills, hammers, wrenches, welding machines, chainsaws, tape measures… There are a lot of them.
They had to use up their strength to bring the materials home.
Jiang Miaomiao was so tired that she couldn’t stand still, so she sat down when she entered the door, slumped on the ground and couldn’t move.
Lu Qiming was full of energy. He closed the door and took action. He first measured the window with a tape measure, then squatted in the living room and picked up a chainsaw to cut the steel pipe.
Jiang Miaomiao didn’t know anything about this aspect and couldn’t get involved at all.
Thinking that it was noon, she took the initiative to cook.
The living room is too noisy, and there is a lot of dust when cutting steel pipes. She moved the induction cooker and kitchenware to a small room in the back, closed the door and cooked.
It was half an hour after the food came out of the pot.
Jiang Miaomiao walked to the living room, Lu Qiming was not there, and a mess of materials was on the floor.
There was a humming sound on the other side of the window. She walked over and saw him sitting on a ladder outside the window, holding an electric welding machine to weld the steel pipes together.
Several pieces have been welded next to it, arranged in a neat and orderly manner, and they look decent.
She nodded in appreciation, “Yes, it’s a pity not to build a prison with this craft…”
Before she finished speaking, her face changed drastically, and she pointed behind him and said：
“Be careful! There are zombies!”
Lu Qiming looked back, and sure enough, a zombie walked under the ladder, probably attracted by the sound of an electric drill.
He threw the steel pipe in his hand and dropped it. The steel pipe penetrated the soles of the zombie’s feet, pinning it to the ground, and it could no longer take a step forward.
Jiang Miaomiao: “…cruel!”
“When it bites me, you know what true cruelty is.”
He patted his pants, jumped down the stairs, walked into the villa, and closed the door.
“Is there anything to eat? I’m starving.”
Jiang Miaomiao pretended to be stupid, “No.”
“Liar, I can smell the fragrance.”
He pinched her nose and took off his gloves to wash his hands.
Jiang Miaomiao brought out the food, inexplicably thinking that this kind of life is very good.
Someone is doing the hard work. She only needs to cook and play games, and then she can eat and drink to live. Occasionally she is in a bad mood and even scolds him to vent her anger. It is much more interesting than living alone like before.
After an hour of rest after dinner, Lu Qiming continued to work.
Jiang Miaomiao handed over the tools by the side and observed if any zombies were coming.
When the materials were used up, the two made another trip and brought back almost all the materials that could be used.
Two days later, the windows of the entire house were covered with a layer of stainless steel cages, which looked solid.
They did a test, unplugged the steel pipe from the zombie’s feet, and asked Jiang Miaomiao to shout from behind the anti-theft window.
The zombies saw her and wanted to bite her. They tried hard for half an hour but couldn’t rush in and finally limped away angrily.
Lu Qiming was proud.
“How is my craft?”
Jiang Miaomiao gave a thumbs up, “Yes, in the future, we can get food, even, not in the land.”
(Actually, I’m kinda confused here. There is a ‘duck’ word in an upstairs sentence)
He looked at the mess in the living room.
There are still a lot of materials left, it’s a pity to throw them away, so it’s better to use them to make something.”
With such a strong material, what can be done to make the best use of it?
They are now short of everything, not even a small bench.
The two looked at the house that was comparable to a rough house and got into a tangle.
“Let’s use it to make an armor.”
Jiang Miaomiao had a clever idea and suggested: “Be as big as a human being and cover it from head to toe. Even if the zombies are found, they won’t be able to bite us through the cover, how about it?”
Lu Qiming gave her a clear look, “Do you know how heavy it is to make such a thing?”
“How much is it?”
“At least thirty or forty pounds. The zombies won’t be able to bite you at that time, but don’t think about running, stay in the armor and wait to starve to death. ”
It is rare for her to take the initiative to think of any survival strategies. The first time she proposed it, the other party despised her so much that she couldn’t hold her face.
“Don’t do it, don’t do it, hum.”
She goes to play games.
Jiang Miaomiao ran upstairs to play minesweeping while Lu Qiming was knocking downstairs alone.
After a while, he went upstairs and called her, saying that he had something good to show her.
She followed curiously, only to see an extra iron shelf in the living room.
It’s not tall. It’s a bit taller than her waist, but it’s very wide, and it has to be two or three meters long. There are many small grids separated in the middle, like a shelf, but can such a short shelf be used?
Be a shoe cabinet? They only have four pairs of shoes in total.
Seeing her blank expression, Lu Qiming took the initiative to introduce her.
“This is the pot rack.”
He put the induction cooker on one of the grids and the pan on the other.
The dishes and chopsticks were installed in the washbasin. The chopping boards, kitchen knives, spatulas, and spatula all found their respective positions. The messy kitchen utensils were instantly cleaned up neatly and orderly.
“I don’t have to squat on the ground to cook anymore. I almost didn’t get cervical spondylosis these days.”
Lu Qiming said.
“You are quite attentive.”
Jiang Miaomiao looked at him with unexpected eyes.
She didn’t expect this aspect.
Lu Qiming smiled and said, “Can I go play games now? I said yes, breakfast belongs to me and dinner belongs to you.”
She sighed, “Go ahead, go ahead… wait, help me pick some bean sprouts first.”
There are still many bean sprouts left, growing luxuriously in the container. When she walked into that room, she looked at the lush green, and the floor was full of mung bean sprouts that were growing vigorously, waiting for their flavor to pick.
Lu Qiming picked a pot and frowned at the stretched leaves.
“They have grown so big that we have no time to finish eating them, so we have to move them into the soil.”
Jiang Miaomiao didn’t think so, but it was very difficult to implement.
“Outside is the yard, you can plant it there. However, it is overgrown with weeds. If you want to grow beans, you have to reclaim the land first. It takes time to plant after the reclamation, and you have to water and fertilize after the planting. How much time will it take to go back and forth, and how many zombies will pass by? It’s too dangerous.”
Just to eat a few beans and risk her life, she doesn’t want it.
Lu Qiming also considered these questions. After thinking about it for a while, he suddenly ran out and brought back a pile of unused stainless steel pipes.
Jiang Miaomiao was puzzled, “What do you want to do?”
“It’s too dangerous to plant outside, so it’s better to plant in the house.”
He gestured with a steel pipe, “This room faces south, has large windows and plenty of sunshine. We set up an indoor planting rack, we just need to go outside and get the soil back, and all other procedures will be completed in the house. According to the area here, you can grow not only beans, but also cabbage, radishes, tomatoes, and anything in the future.”
Jiang Miaomiao became excited, “Really? Great! I like to eat cucumbers!”
It’s crispy and watery, and you can also apply a facial mask.
She had long wanted to take care of her rough face.
Lu Qiming rolled up his sleeves and didn’t plan to rest.
“I’ll start measuring the size now, so you can cook.”
She was full of energy and went to cook with bean sprouts in her arms.
She has to say that it is much more convenient to cook with a pot rack, and there is no need to squat on the ground and be so smoked that she can’t open her eyes.
Jiang Miaomiao cooked the meal and took the initiative to bring it to him.
Lu Qiming’s electric welding skills became more and more proficient, and the next day, the prototype of the planting stand was done.
There are a total of three shelves of the same size, four meters long and two meters wide, divided into three layers in the middle and placed about one meter apart.
He went to the anti-theft window shop, pulled back many pieces of stainless steel, and welded them into a large iron box with a width of one meter and a height of 30 centimeters, filled with soil.
The soil looks dry and lacks nutrients.
Lu Qiming swept all the weeds and fallen leaves in the yard together, set them on fire, burned some ash, sprinkled it evenly in the soil, and drew water from the lake for irrigation.
Finally, the selected bean sprouts were moved in.
Jiang Miaomiao has also been working. When she planted the last one, she was so tired that she couldn’t straighten her waist.
Lu Qiming watered with a washbasin and touched the soft green leaves.
“In a few months, we will have fresh mung beans and peaches to eat.”
Yes, she thinks back then, when she was alone in the house all day, wondering how to die so that it would not be painful when the zombies attacked
And now, a bright future is unfolding in front of her.
She is not as persistent and powerful as the heroine of the original book. She is lazy, greedy for life and afraid of death, but she can also have a small world of her own in the terrible apocalypse.
Jiang Miaomiao raised her head and sincerely thanked Lu Qiming.
The latter chuckled, stretched out his face, and tapped his cheek with his index finger.
She was at a loss, “What to do?”
“I have worked hard for so many days, and my fingers have been soaked. I want a reward.”
“Are you stupid or pretending to be stupid?”
She suddenly realized and hooked her fingers.
“Close your eyes.”
“Do not want.”
“Close it, or I’ll be shy.”
Lu Qiming had no choice but to close his eyes, but what came to his face was not soft lips but snow-white teeth.
Jiang Miaomiao bit his face mercilessly, leaving a few deep tooth marks, and made a face at him, who was shocked.
“Want to be a hooligan? go eat shit.”
After she finished speaking, she turned her head and ran away, leaving Lu Qiming standing there with his face covered, not knowing whether to laugh or cry.
After she finished speaking, she turned her head and ran, leaving Lu Qiming standing with her face covered, unable to laugh or cry.
The bean sprouts and the anti-theft windows are all set, followed by the alarm.
The last time the zombies sneaked in, they would not be so clueless if they had installed an alarm.
Jiang Miaomiao thought that the house here was so good. The residents would definitely install alarms, but after looking around, they either didn’t have them, or they were very high-end and needed to be connected to the Internet. The kind of smart type.
They can all use electricity, no network, no signal, and no smart type.
She had to spare a day and went out at eight o’clock in the morning to look for an electronic shop specializing in sirens outside the community.
The weather is getting hotter and hotter, and the morning sun is so strong that it is dazzling.
To be more convenient when taking a bath, Jiang Miaomiao specially wore long-sleeved trousers, a mask and a hat so that the blood of the zombies could get on the skin as little as possible.
The result of being so heavily armed was that he was dizzy from the sun and almost suffered heatstroke.
Lu Qiming looked uncomfortable at her. When she passed an abandoned bicycle, she took a sun umbrella out of the basket and let her hold it.
A few zombies dragged their feet that were rotting to the point where their bones were exposed and passed by them, their muddy dead fish eyes turned.
The two immediately held their breaths, slowed down, and walked staggeringly like them.
The zombies looked away and continued to wander the deserted streets.
The breeze was blowing, and the plastic bags flew all over the sky.
Jiang Miaomiao breathed a sigh of relief and moved closer to Lu Qiming silently.
He is big and has a lot of flesh. In case of a zombie bite, he can be a meat shield for a long time.
There are shops on both sides of the road, which were very prosperous before the end of the world.
People who go shopping, go to work, go to school, and eat, always crowd the door of the store.
Now, only fallen leaves float by the shop’s door, and most of them are in a mess.
Jiang Miaomiao passed by the shop door, stopped, and raised her head motionlessly.
Lu Qiming glanced at the signboard-Red Pepper Hot pot Restaurant.
I really want to eat hot pot. If there is no hot pot, barbecue, grilled fish, and mala tang are fine. Woo.. woo.. woo.
Tears flowed from the corners of her mouth. Jiang Miaomiao stubbornly wiped them and continued walking.
Lu Qiming couldn’t help wanting to laugh. But it was rare that he held it and just followed silently.
The siren shop was not easy to find, and the two walked a few streets without seeing the target.
The alarm store was hard to find, and they walked several streets without seeing their target.
There is no Internet on the mobile phone, and the map on the navigation can only see relatively large landmark buildings. More detailed ones cannot be loaded.
Seeing that the morning was about to end, Jiang Miaomiao’s stomach began to protest, hesitating whether to propose to go back first.
“There is a cyber town.”
Lu Qiming said suddenly.
She raised her head, and there was indeed a cyber town not far in front of her, with five floors and a large area, standing like a hill next to the crossroads.
There should be an alarm in it. If there is no here, they won’t be able to find it anywhere else.
But the doors and windows are dark and swarthy, and they look weird.
It has been more than two months since the citizens retreated. Who knows if there will be zombies who treat it as a lair and stay up all day and night?
If they walk in, they might just throw themselves into the net.
Lu Qiming noticed her expression and held her hand.
“Don’t be afraid, let’s take the things and leave. ”
“Do you have to go in?”
Her heart beats wildly.
Lu Qiming thought for a while, “Why don’t… you wait for me outside? ”
There are more zombies outside, and the nearest one is less than ten meters away from her.
Jiang Miaomiao shivered, shook her head vigorously, and grasped his hand.
Lu Qiming smiled and led her in.
She was obedient like never before, and her eyes didn’t dare to float around, like a little baby who walked out of the house for the first time.
The moment they stepped into the gate of Cybertown, a cold wind blew from the inside out, Jiang Miaomiao was numb from head to toe, and a picture of the corpse crawling with maggots appeared in her mind.
Lu Qiming stopped, changed the posture of holding hands, completely wrapped her hand with her big palm, and whispered：
“Follow me, it’s alright.”
They are all here, and there is no turning back.
She swallowed, trembling with every step she took.
The two shuttled between shops. The first floor was full of computers, and there was no alarm, so they found stairs to the second floor.
There are fewer windows on the second floor, the light is darker, and the surrounding shadows are heavy as if something will jump out at any time.
Lu Qiming stopped suddenly and looked straight ahead.
She also looked over but couldn’t see anything. Her hair stood upright.
“What’s the matter? ”
“Not good! ”
She tightened her nerves and prepared to run away.
“Are there any zombies?”
“There are cockroaches.”
“…” Jiang Miaomiao was speechless, only to be thumping and punching him, “Crazy, scared me to death!”
Lu Qiming smiled, “It seems that it is safe here, don’t be suspicious.”
After making such a fuss, Jiang Miaomiao really relaxed a lot and began checking the surrounding goods.
Mobile phones, power banks, tablets… What is this?
She picked up a stack of things and looked at the light.
Lu Qiming leaned over and yelled.
“So many game discs? We will have games to play again in the future. ”
Jiang Miaomiao has only played the download type and has never tried to play with a disk. She shook her head and asked：
“Will you install it?”
“Do you want to connect to the Internet?”
“I don’t remember either, take it back and try.”
He found a plastic bag with dozens of CD-ROMs and continued to look for an alarm.
The effort paid off. The two finally found the target in a corner, took all the dozens of boxes in stock in the store, and went home refreshed.