Chapter 41 (1/2)
Jiang Miao Miao returned to the room and opened the small box Lu Qiming gave her.
There are seven test strips and matching urine test cups.
She took a copy to use in the bathroom and, according to the instructions, dipped one end of the test strip into the urine, then took it out and laid it flat.
After a few minutes to see the results, there is only a clear red line on the white test strip.
Negative, not pregnant.
After comparing repeatedly, she breathed a sigh of relief and kept the rest for later use, and she couldn’t wait to go downstairs to tell Lu Qiming the good news.
The other party was also pleased after hearing it but insisted:
“It’s safer to test again in a few days. Before that, you’d better not leave the room, let alone run as fast as you are now.”
She let out an oops.
“It’s been tested that I’m not pregnant, what are you still so worried about? Don’t worry, we are not so lucky.”
He frowned, “Miao Miao.”
“…Okay, okay, I’ll be careful.”
She smiled and leaned over to look at the pot, “What’s for breakfast this morning?”
There are only so many ingredients available. The two recipes are fixed, either noodles or rice, and the dishes are the same.
Seeing that she was losing weight again, Lu Qiming wanted her to eat more, so he mixed a bowl of batter and poured it into the pan to eat pancakes.
The noodles are thinly fried, fragrant, and covered with acacia honey.
Jiang Miao Miao gnawed in one breath and gave him a thumbs up.
“Your craftsmanship is really good, how did you practice it?”
The pancakes just out of the pan had been eaten. Lu Qiming continued to fry, holding a spatula, and said:
“When I was young, no one was at home. I learned how to use a coal stove in the third grade, and I started to make food for myself. Later, I went to live in a boarding school, and the food in the cafeteria was not good. The school was in a very remote suburb, and there were no restaurants around. During the nights of adolescence, I was always hungry, and a few classmates and I often climbed over the wall and set up a fire in the woods to roast bird eggs.”
Jiang Miao Miao listened, and a picture involuntarily appeared in her mind——
Thirteen or fourteen-year-old Lu Qiming is thin and small. He climbed over the high wall in the middle of the night with a few classmates who were also skinny and monkey-like. The teenagers ran across the fields and graveyards like a gust of wind, scrambling for a few small egg birds in the woods.
She suddenly felt distressed, looked at the uneaten pancake in her hand, and fed it to his mouth.
Lu Qiming asked: “What are you doing?”
“I’ll feed it for you. You are a chef, you have worked hard, hehe.”
When Jiang Miao Miao spoke, she looked at his broad shoulders and slender legs. It was hard to imagine how he grew tall in that difficult environment.
In contrast, she was born into an ordinary family and has never been rich but has never suffered. Her height is ashamed of the food she ate in those years.
Due to the suspected pregnancy, Lu Qiming ate the cake with her hands, and his heavy heart was relieved a lot.
Three days later, Jiang Miao Miao took another test.
The result was the same as last time, negative again, with no pregnancy.
And her aunt came that night.
Now they were completely relieved and no longer had to worry about Jiang Miao Miao’s life. Still, they were more cautious because of this.
They bothered to prevent pregnancy here while the Lao Bai couple carefully hatched eggs.
Half a month later, a bird’s egg broke its shell first, and there was a faint cry.
Then came the second, third… Out of the six eggs, a total of four chicks hatched, and two rotted.
When Jiang Miao Miao saw the little crow for the first time, she was so disgusted that she didn’t want to touch it.
Big head, small wings, big belly, fat buttocks.
The fur on the body is sparse, and the skin is an ugly blue-black, as thin as a spring roll skin, and the internal organs can almost be seen clearly.
They have huge eyes and a large mouth. After breaking the shell, they do nothing but open their mouths wide and wait for feeding.
Once the feeding is late, the four birds will scream together, making it so noisy that people don’t want to enter that room.
In order to take care of them, Lao Bai exhausted himself physically and mentally and lost weight visibly to the naked eye.
The Lao Bai husband is quite responsible, always taking over the baton when she is tired and continuing to feed the children.
Jiang Miao Miao was worried that the older one would starve to death after raising the younger one, so she specially made confinement meals for Lao Bai.
The ham sausage, milk powder, vegetables, etc., were mashed into a puree, which was especially fed to a bird.
Old Bai became plump day by day, and the little crow also began to grow hair.
Not long after hatching, they have gone from ugly little freaks to a little bit bird-like.
Jiang Miao Mmiao is a visual person. Since then, the more she looked at them, the more she liked them, and she often went in and touched them.
She has Lu Qiming, Lao Bai has a husband and children, and only Jiang Meimu is alone, always forgotten by everyone, standing in the corner wagging its tail pitifully.
When the little crows can roam around, summer is over.
Finally, they don’t need to turn on the air conditioner 24 hours a day. The electricity saved is distributed to the induction cooker, so they don’t need to regenerate the fire for cooking in the future, which saves a lot of trouble.
Sometimes they are too lazy to cook, so they pull out the electric stew pot and cook a pot of porridge with mushrooms and scallops in it, with mustard, and eat it easily for a day.
The little crows are growing fast and will be able to eat meat soon, but the two of them have encountered a very troublesome problem.
After all, the supplies in the supermarket are limited, so eat less.
They consume rice, noodles, and miscellaneous grains very slowly. As long as they are well preserved, they should be able to eat for two or three years, but mineral water cannot last that long.
Since the air conditioner was installed, they have tried to minimize the number of baths and just keep their bodies fresh.
When it rains, they will find all the containers and put them on the balcony to catch water for mopping the floor and washing vegetables and dishes.
Even so, the amount of water stored is still decreasing daily.
By October, the remaining water could only support them for another month.
There is electricity and food here, and Jiang Miao Miao doesn’t want to leave.
So the only way is to go out and find water to bring back.
Picking a cold day, the two were ready to go out.
Ever since she moved out of the villa and came to the mansion, Jiang Miao Miao had never gone out. She was nervous and looking forward to this matter.
And because of the previous lessons, she repeatedly warned Lu Qiming not to change his mind and leave her behind.
It was not enough for her to agree. She held his hand tightly, even when eating and sleeping.
If he wants to lock her in the room unless he keeps his arm!
Under such strict precautions, Lu Qiming couldn’t find a chance to leave early, so he could only fulfill the agreement and take her out together.
At eight o’clock in the morning, the sun was shining brightly.
The two stood by the window, each carrying a bag on their shoulders full of weapons and food, and were tying ropes around their bodies, planning to leave the building in the same way as Lu Qiming did before.
The Lao Bai couple was feeding the crows in the birdhouse. Jiang Meimu noticed their behavior and walked around, wanting to go with them.
Jiang Miao Miao knelt down and gently touched the dog’s head.
“Meimu, stay at home and don’t run around, okay? I’ll bring you something delicious.”
Although the whole city was soaked in water, some places could not be soaked, such as the building where Lu Qiming found solar panels.
Other foods are better sealed, such as canned food, which has a long shelf life and should be edible.
If they can’t find water, it’s good to find some new food and return.
Jiang Miao Miao brought a large storage bag, especially for storing things.
After comforting Jiang Meimu, she stood up.
Lu Qiming had already tied the rope and came over to check the rope around her waist.
“Are you sure you dare to climb down from here?”
He lowered his eyes and asked.
The supermarket is located on the 20th floor, more than 60 meters in height. They need to descend five floors, that is, climb from more than 60 to more than 50 meters.
For Lu Qiming, this was just routine, but for Jiang Miao Miao, it was as difficult as heaven.
She has none of the experience, physical strength, or skills.
Jiang Miao Miao took a deep breath, raised her eyes, and said:
“As long as you are here, I dare.”
Lu Qiming pursed his lips, tied her backpack and the rope a little tighter, and tied the waist of the two with a climbing rope, leaving about three or four meters in between.
This way, he can catch her in time, even if she falls while climbing.
Having done this, he opened the window, picked up a large bundle of rope piled up nearby, and threw it out, holding the tail.
The rope was unfurled in the air, extremely long, hanging down to the window on the fifteenth floor, and was shaken by the wind.
Lu Qiming tied the end in his hand to a shelf full of rice, tugged at it, and said to her:
Are they really going down? So high.
She stood by the window and looked down. She was already used to the height, but now it made her dizzy, and her legs felt weak.
Lu Qiming noticed her eyes and took the initiative to say:
“It’s too late for you to regret it now.”
“I will not change.”
She immediately refused, grabbed the window, and said, “Don’t seduce me anymore. I won’t give up.”
Lu Qiming chuckled and patted her butt.
“I’ll go down first, and you will follow.”
After speaking, he grabbed the rope and jumped down. When Jiang Miao Miao saw clearly, he had already reached the nineteenth floor.
“Huh… don’t be afraid, there is nothing to be afraid of…”
She can knock down zombies, move the sofa, and raise crows. She is no longer what she used to be.
Just climb a building. What are you afraid of?
Jiang Miao Miao made enough mental preparations, bit the bullet, grabbed the rope, and slowly slid down against the wall like a dumpling.
Lu Qiming shouted from below:
“Don’t be afraid, I will catch you when you fall.”
She doesn’t want him to pick her up. She can do it.
The whole body was hanging out of the window. Jiang Miao Miao tried not to look at the scene around her and followed the method Lu Qiming had taught her before, wrapping the rope around her arms and legs a few times.
After the body stops, raise your hand to close the window.
Jiang Meimu ran over and licked her hand.
Afraid it would fall, she hurriedly said, “Go back!”
“Good, go back.”
It was hard for Jiang Meimu to leave. She closed the window. Her back was already covered with sweat.
Lu Qiming didn’t move and was still waiting for her below. Seeing that she started to climb down, he followed her and slowly descended.
Jiang Miao Miao had never been so focused in her life. Her eyes were only on the rope, completely ignoring the possibility of falling and turning into a puddle of flesh.
There’s only one goal in mind, too—down, down.
She is like a big caterpillar, moving slowly on the climbing rope.
After an unknown amount of time, a chuckle came from above her head.
“Where are you going down?”
She looked up and saw Lu Qiming standing behind the window, looking at her with a smile.
After being stunned for a few seconds, she came to her senses and asked in surprise, “Have you reached the fifteenth floor?”
Lu Qiming nodded and stretched out his hand.
“Yes, you are stronger than I imagined.”
Jiang Miao Miao grabbed his hand and climbed up. Her feet landed on the ground, feeling very solid.
“Hey, let’s go.”
She confidently walked forward, took two steps, and found that the two were still tied with a rope around their waists, which was troublesome, and she was about to untie it.
Lu Qiming blocked her.
“You don’t understand.”
“Take a child out, what should I do if I accidentally lose her?”
She? kid? He was too contemptuous of her.
Jiang Miao Miao curled her lips in disgust but obediently withdrew her hand that untied the rope.
The two carried their backpacks and walked downstairs side by side leaving the building.