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Chapter 24 (1/2)
The next day, the two went to the yard to dig up a few large buckets of soil, ready to plant all the seeds he brought back.
Jiang Miaomiao’s planting level is limited to bean sprouts, and other things are half-known and half-understood.
Moreover, Lu Qiming was not as good as her, and he was completely fumbling around.
According to the understanding, the seeds have to be planted in the soil, and the rhizomes of narcissus have to be soaked in water.
Jiang Miaomiao filled a washbasin with water, threw all the garlic-like narcissus balls in, and placed them in a cool place away from the light. She couldn’t help asking worriedly.：
“We two laymen are messing around like this. What if the seed is broken?”
The seeds are so precious that she has to feel distressed for a long time.
Lu Qiming’s tone was relaxed.
“If it’s broken, go to the flower and bird market to get it. There are many there.”
She was curious about the place in his mouth.
“What is the flower and bird market like? Besides flowers, are there any birds?”
Lu Qiming thought for a while, “You are so interested. If you go with me later, you can see it with your own eyes.”
She had never been to that kind of place before at this age. After he said that, she really became interested.
After two days, they had finished everything they had to do, and there was nothing else to do, so she urged Lu Qiming to take herself to the flower and bird market.
The two of them put on a protective suit and were about to go out. The new members of the family suddenly came out and had to follow.
It is too small and cannot protect itself. It likes to bark when it is frightened. What if it attracts zombies?
They can’t ignore their own safety and give up their lives to save it.
Jiang Miaomiao went to the kitchen to get a ham sausage and peeled it to eat, trying to make it stay by the allure of food.
Jiang Meimu was really attracted and had a good time eating.
But when they moved a step and tried to slip away quietly, it keenly raised its head, abandoned the ham sausage, and followed them.
This is not to pick up a dog and go home, but to pick up a follower, where to go, and where to go.
Jiang Miaomiao looked helplessly at the dog holding her calf, didn’t let go, and thought of another way.
The soft ones don’t work. They can only be hard ones.
Or trick it into the upstairs room and lock it up?
She was still hesitating when Lu Qiming, who was standing beside her, suddenly said:
“Why don’t you take it with you.”
She turned back in surprise.
“Well, it’s also a family member, and of course, it should be brought.”
As he said, he bent down, picked up Jiang Meimu, and held it with his palm.
He has big hands and looks like an adult holding a child’s toy, which is inexplicably warm and cute.
Jiang Miaomiao admired him more and more and said while closing the door:
“I used to think you were selfish and cold, but I didn’t expect you to be kind…”
Lu Qiming didn’t listen to her. He walked to the window, put one hand into the gap in the anti-theft window, opened the window, and stuffed Jiang Meimu in with his backhand.
The latter landed on the living room floor and barked.
He closed the window and clapped his hands triumphantly.
“Just stay there.”
It’s okay to be annoying at home, but want to annoy them when they go out?
Jiang Miaomiao: “…”
Lu Qiming leaned on the bicycle, straddled his long legs, and raised his chin gracefully on the pedal.
She walked over, sat down and put her arms around his waist, and couldn’t help but say:
“It’s really shameless, even lying to a dog.”
“Then you’re still riding in a shameless man’s bike?”
“There is only one bike. What can I do?”
“You can run next to me.”
Jiang Miaomiao looked at the back of his head, gritted her teeth, and suddenly shouted a few minutes later.：
Lu Qiming supported the ground with one foot and asked unexpectedly：
“Are you really going to run? I don’t mind.”
She doesn’t run. She’s not a horse.
But he dared to be so arrogant because she could only be carried by him?
Jiang Miaomiao pushed him away and grabbed the handle of the bike.
“Go to the back.”
Lu Qiming was surprised.
“No, you want to drive me?”
Can she step on the pedal with her thin legs like tender bamboo shoots?
Jiang Miaomiao raised her eyebrows.
“Why, look down on me?”
“No, no, you come, you come.”
He handed over the throne and stepped back into the back seat, his smile so strong that he couldn’t hide it.
Seeing him like this, Jiang Miaomiao wanted to show off more, stabilize the bicycle, and step on her feet vigorously.
The body wobbled. It just wouldn’t move forward.
Lu Qiming shook his head and sighed.
“Oops, no way…”
“Are you a pig? So heavy.”
“And said I was shameless, I didn’t scold you when I drove you.”
Jiang Miaomiao stopped talking, held back her energy, stepped on the pedal, and finally left the triangle seat with her buttocks. Her whole body weight was pressed up. She barely made the bike move.
The distance that she once disapproved of doesn’t have any comment. The surroundings are full of greenery and beautiful scenery, but she has no time to appreciate it.
She imagined that she was the son of a camel, with plenty of physical strength and superb driving skills, and could reach her destination quickly.
But in fact, she worked hard for a long time but didn’t even ride out of the community.
Lu Qiming sat contentedly in the back, with two big hands around her thin waist, his feet on the iron shell outside the tire, his knees bent, spreading out on both sides, like a big humanoid cricket.
“Look, another zombie has surpassed us.”
“…” Jiang Miaomiao couldn’t bear his ridicule. She clenched her teeth and stepped hard… She was so tired that she fell on the bike.
Lu Qiming pretended to pinch her shoulder.
“Don’t worry, take your time. The Flower and Bird Market is more than ten kilometers away. Half a day will be enough if we walk over, and one day will be enough for you to ride a bike.”
God, shut up, this guy!
Jiang Miaomiao cried in her heart.
Seeing her like this, Lu Qiming then became frustrated, stopped joking, and cheered her up seriously.
“You have to pay attention to the cycling method, and you can’t use brute force. Especially in the first few strokes, you ride faster and step on inertia. It will become easier and easier later.”
She doesn’t understand.
“How to step on inertia?”
“I’ll teach you, come, grab the handlebars…”
Lu Qiming gave instructions. She followed his instructions, did it step by step, and finally really rode.
Although the speed is still not fast, it is only not much faster than walking. Still, she could ride out of the community smoothly, feeling a lot more labor-saving than before.
Facing the gentle sunshine after eight o’clock in the morning, she raised the corners of her mouth, and her voice became pleasant.
“Lu Qiming, I think you are still excellent, just sometimes…”
After the corner of her eyes swept past the glass doors of the roadside shops, Jiang Miaomiao suddenly fell silent.
Lu Qiming waited for a long time for the following sentence, then asked, “What’s wrong sometimes?”
She looked at the reflection on the glass, not knowing whether to be angry or laugh.
Lu Qiming’s legs are very long, so he can easily step on the ground and walk forward step by step with the rhythm of her stepping on the pedal.
She rode for ten minutes, which means… he walked for ten minutes in this strange posture?
Isn’t he tired?
Lu Qiming didn’t realize that she had already discovered it and was still walking, using his long legs to drive the bicycle forward.
After a while, he saw the glass door, met her gaze, shook his body, and quickly retracted his legs.
Jiang Miaomiao stopped and gave up her seat.
“I don’t want to ride anymore. Come on.”
He thought she was angry and praised her cautiously.
“I think you ride well.”
She smiled bitterly, changed to the back seat, put her arms around his waist, and put a layer of protective suit across her face, which was attached to his broad and warm back.
“I want to get there soon.”
Lu Qiming didn’t know if she was saying the truth or lying, so he took the bicycle and continued to ride forward.
His speed was not only twice as fast as hers, but the wind also kept blowing on her face while driving, and she felt cool through the protective suit.
Jiang Miaomiao has the leisure to look at the scenery. The barren city has a different beauty. The green belt has no one to take care of it, but it has grown more vibrant than before.
She saw the peach tree that she had coveted for a long time, looked intently for a while and pinched Lu Qiming’s waist muscles.
Lu Qiming stopped the bicycle, saw her jump down, stood on tiptoe under the tree, and picked off a small green and white peach.
“Is it ripe?” He looked at her excited look and expressed doubts.
“You won’t know if you don’t take a bite.”
Jiang Miaomiao took out a paper towel from her small chainsaw bag, wiped off the peach’s prickly fluff, peeked around, and saw that there were no zombies within ten meters. She pulled the mask down a little, quickly bit the peach, and put it back on.
Lu Qiming looked at her expectantly.
The peaches are small and hard, and the taste is extremely sour.
Jiang Miaomiao’s face was wrinkled when she ate it, but she couldn’t help laughing happily after swallowing it.
She hadn’t tasted the uniquely refreshing taste of the fruit for a long time.
Bananas, oranges, pineapples… These things that could be bought casually before were a luxury that was difficult for her now, and she could only look for traces in fruit candy.
“How is it?” Lu Qiming asked.
“It’s delicious. I’ll pick one for you to try?”
He shook his head, his eyes on her hands.
Jiang Miaomiao understood what he meant and handed the peach over.
He took off his mask and was going to bite where she hadn’t eaten before, but after seeing her small and neat tooth marks on the peach meat, he didn’t know which nerve was wrong and bit her tooth marks.
Jiang Miaomiao’s eyes widened, and her face flushed instantly.
Lu Qiming’s heartbeat was also a bit fast, and he chewed a few times with a thick face.
“Not yet ripe.”
“Yeah, let them grow longer.”
The bitten peach was as hot as a soldering iron. She hurriedly threw it away, not daring to speak again.
When she arrived at the flower and bird market, the picture differed from what she had imagined.
She thought it would be like a vegetable market. There are many stalls in a greenhouse, and the goods are placed on the stalls for people to choose from.
In fact, it is a long and narrow street with shops on both sides, and a big sign stands at the entrance of the road, which says so-and-so flower and bird market.
It must have been very lively here in the past, but now it is similar to other places, and there is no living person in sight.
There are many broken flower pots scattered on the ground. Common pets such as turtles, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc., have not escaped the claws of zombies, and only half of the mutilated corpses can be seen everywhere.
Birds are lucky, hang high, and can’t eat them.
But because there was no one to feed for too long, it had already starved to death, and the corpse stinks in the cage.
Several zombies squatted in a shop four or five meters away from them, not knowing what they were eating, their mouths full of black blood. Because they smelled the breath of the same kind, they ignored them.
The picture was bleak and cruel, but Jiang Miaomiao still felt that it was not in vain.
In a flower shop, several pots of Chinese roses were in full bloom just to her left.
This is a view that cannot be seen in the villa.
“It’s so beautiful.”
She walked over to take a closer look and touched the delicate petals with her gloved hands, wishing she could move it home.