This is a fan translation. Correct me if you think some should be corrected.
Chapter 56 (2/2)
“Why are you going crazy about it?”
You need people to work, but you have to drive them away. Are you smart?
Lu Qiming is very satisfied with his decision.
The two of them were chatting so happily. If he didn’t drive him away, Lu Qiming was afraid he would become an outsider.
“Eat more. After dinner, we will catch fish in the afternoon and grill the fish for dinner.”
Logically speaking, with so much work waiting to be done, they shouldn’t be lazy in the afternoon.
But Jiang Miao Miao hadn’t eaten grilled fish for a long time. After hearing what he said, a surge of motivation surged through her tired body, and she finished her lunch quickly.
The quilt in the small building had already become moldy, so Lu Qiming threw it away and replaced it with a new quilt they brought.
After lying in bed and taking an hour’s rest in the morning, at two o’clock in the afternoon, the two of them carried the pail and the fork and headed to the pond with the dog to start catching fish.
The end of the world is a disaster for mankind, but it is a paradise for aquatic creatures.
The fry in the pond were put down a few years ago, but no one has caught them, and each one has grown bigger than a cat.
It usually lurks under aquatic plants and makes a living by eating grass leaves and insects.
Now that the water plants have been cleared away by Jiang Miao Miao, the huge body has nowhere to hide, which makes people feel itchy.
Lu Qiming developed a good skill at catching fish on the island. He aimed the harpoon in the direction, threw it hard, and hit a big fish accurately.
The fish rolled in the water and made countless splashes.
Jiang Miao Miao was about to catch the fish with him when she suddenly felt a cold chill on the instep of her feet. She looked down and became stiff with fear.
Lu Qiming noticed the change and asked, “What’s wrong?”
She remained motionless, her voice trembling.
“Snake…there is a snake…”
He looked back and saw a giant black snake, almost as thick as Jiang Meimu’s tail, slowly swimming past her feet in flip-flops.
Without thinking, Lu Qiming stepped on it and twisted it hard.
The giant black snake’s head was crushed, its body rolled wildly, and its tail hit Jiang Miao Miao and wrapped around her calf.
The cold temperature and the touch of the scales made the hairs on her body stand on end, and she jumped away, screaming wildly.
Lu Qiming kept stepping on it. When the snake stopped moving, he raised his foot to check and made sure it was dead, then he said to her:
“It’s okay, it’s dead.”
Jiang Miao Miao was so frightened that her face was filled with tears, and she squatted in the grass and cried.
Lu Qiming asked: “Do you really want to squat there? Snakes like grass the most. Be careful and another one will come out.”
She screamed and jumped into his arms.
He hugged her with a smile and stroked her hair.
“Okay, okay, the snakes are dead, what are you afraid of? You’re not even that scared when you see zombies.”
She punched him, “It’s not the same thing at all!”
Lu Qiming was beaten by her until his chest felt tight, and he couldn’t help but smile bitterly.
“If you hit it with the same strength as you hit me, why would you be so frightened that you run away with your head in your arms?”
Jiang Miao Miao ignored him and adjusted for a long time before gradually regaining her composure.
Lu Qiming poked the snake with a stick and said with satisfaction:
“This thing is quite fat, and it doesn’t look poisonous. Why don’t we take it back and make soup?”
Jiang Miao Miao didn’t dare to look at it; she shook her head, holding back her nausea, “No.”
“Try it, snake soup is very nutritious.”
“Ugh… take it away quickly!”
When Lu Qiming saw that she was showing signs of rebellion, he had no choice but to give up his plan, pick up the snake corpse, and throw it away into the grass farther away.
Jiang Miao Miao calmed down and went to see the fish.
The fish struggled for a long time with the fork and was already half dead.
Lu Qiming went into the water to fish it out, and Jiang Miao Miao went into the water to disembowel it and scrape off its scales.
He stood and watched, feeling pity for the snake meat.
“They all swim in water and have scales, so why can’t you accept eating snakes? Don’t you want to try something new?”
Jiang Miao Miao asked gloomily: “Do you like to try new things?”
She grabbed a handful of fish scales and pounced on them.
“The freshly scraped fish scales are so fresh, you can’t get enough of them!”
The two of them were fighting and making trouble, and more than two hours passed in the blink of an eye.
Seeing that the sun was going down, they remembered that they wanted to grill fish, so they took the bucket and went home.
The fish must have weighed seven or eight kilograms, and the bucket couldn’t even hold it.
The head is stuck inside, and half of the big tail is exposed.
The stove at home was a bit small, so they were reluctant to cut it into pieces and wanted to bake it whole.
So Lu Qiming picked up a pile of firewood and broken bricks, built a stove in the open space behind the house, inserted a large steel fork into the fish, and grilled it on the fire.
Jiang Miao Miao moved all the seasonings they brought to the side. While he turned the steel fork, she brushed the seasonings up.
The fish was so big that it took about an hour to cook intermittently.
When the evening glow fills the sky, the smell of grilled fish spreads on the farm.
Jiang Meimu has been coveting it for a long time. When it saw them bringing the grilled fish to the table, Meimu jumped up and down beside it and bowed its hands. Meimu couldn’t wait to try it in several bites.
Jiang Miao Miao was the first to pick up the chopsticks, pick up a piece of fish, and put it into her mouth.
Lu Qiming asked while holding bowls and chopsticks:
She closed her eyes, took a deep breath, and gave a thumbs-up.
The fish meat was fresh and tender, with just the right saltiness, and the fish skin was grilled crispy and fragrant. It tasted better than anything she had ever eaten in a restaurant before.
Lu Qiming was as proud as a primary school student who picked up a dollar and handed it to the police.
Jiang Miao Miao’s blood boiled, “There are so many fish in the pond, let’s grill one a day, it’s so delicious!”
Lu Qiming: “…Ahem, let’s finish eating first.”
There were sweet potatoes growing like crazy in the small vegetable patch next to them. They pinched some young leaves and fried them as vegetables.
Grilled fish sweet potato leaves, served with seaweed soup and white rice.
The first night in the new home was delicious and fulfilling.
The farm is very cool at night. Opening the windows is more comfortable than turning on the air conditioner.
There were a lot of mosquitoes, so Jiang Miao Miao took out an old mosquito net from the closet. Lu Qiming knocked a few nails on the wall, hung the mosquito net up, and slept peacefully.
When they woke up the next day, the sun was already shining on their buttocks.
Jiang Miao Miao opened her phone to check the time and jumped in fright.
“Oh My God!”
Lu Qiming was woken up by her, yawned, and rubbed his chicken coop-like hair.
“It’s almost noon!”
“What does that matter? We don’t have to go to work.”
Yes, she belatedly remembered that she had resigned and lay back down again. After lying there for a few minutes, she decided to get up.
Now, the two of them are completely self-reliant. If they are always lazy, they might really run out of food.
“Get up, get up, don’t sleep.”
She pushed him while getting dressed.
Lu Qiming rolled on his pillow and said miserably:
“My head hurts so much, I feel like it’s going to explode. My waist hurts, my back hurts, and my ankles still hurt.”
Jiang Miao Miao became nervous.
“Is it tiredness or the pain of surgery?”
“I can’t tell, can I take a day off today?”
That’s it, of course, he has to rest.
Jiang Miao Miao agreed and prepared to go downstairs by herself.
His order came from behind: “Remember to wash off the pots and pans we used yesterday, and you have to wash my clothes and shoes too. Clean up and make breakfast by the way. Yesterday’s meal was too spicy, so let’s have something light in the morning. The requirements are not high, roll out a handmade noodle for me…”
Before he finished speaking, Jiang Miao Miao had returned to the bedside, grabbed his collar and grinded her teeth, and said：
He was so sick that he still wanted to eat hand-rolled noodles, 100% pretended.
Lu Qiming looked at her pitifully.
“Didn’t you promise that you would take care of me for the rest of your life?”
“You also promised not to lie to me for the rest of your life, get up!”
With her attitude of chasing a duck, Lu Qiming was coaxed downstairs to wash the dishes and cook.
Jiang Miao Miao was not idle either. She washed their clothes with well water and swept the small building up and down.
The most leisurely one is Jiang Meimu. It went for a walk in the orchard early in the morning and came back just in time for dinner. After eating, he took a lunch break.
The two finished their chores at home and prepared to do farm work.
The fish ponds need not be taken care of for the time being, and the fields must be cleared to grow food.
The fruits in the orchard will be ripe in about a month, so they will be busy for a long time.
Therefore, during this period, let’s settle matters in the fields first.
The two put on straw hats and carried hoes to get rid of the weeds that Gu Changzhou had not finished yesterday.
Gu Changzhou didn’t show up for three days in a row. On the fourth day, he drove to the farm and brought them a lot of seeds.
There are peanuts, sweet potatoes, and corn, he mentioned, as well as lettuce, leeks, radishes, and potatoes.
He even brought a cage of chickens and a cage of ducklings, as well as several snakeskin bags of feed, for them to keep in the shack.
There were so many of these things that Jiang Miao Miao didn’t even know where he got them from and didn’t dare to collect them.
Gu Changzhou sighed and said, “It’s better to keep it. I will resign in a few days.”
She looked at him in confusion, and Lu Qiming, who was washing his hair, also raised his wet head.
“The new currency will be issued soon, and I am ready to open a company and do business on my own like before.”
After all, he still can’t stand this mediocre and busy life. He is still far away from retirement in his fifties, so he might as well try his best while society recovers.
Gu Changzhou has contacted several former friends and subordinates to prepare to open a restaurant in partnership.
People who have been eating in canteens for several years should have longed for a richer diet. They hired a few cooks, found an empty store, and built a name for themselves before others discovered the business opportunity.
Once you have some funds on hand, you can continue to expand into other industries.
If the two of them run their farm well, they might be able to become his supplier.
After Jiang Miao Miao heard his plan, she could only admire him in her heart.
People still want to start a business when they are over 50, but she is already planning to start taking care of her retirement when she is over 20. It is simply incomparable.
Lu Qiming shook the water on his head, his tone rarely calm.
“Work hard and you’ll definitely make a lot of money.”
Gu Changzhou looked surprised, “You… hope that my business will succeed?”
He shrugged, walked to Jiang Miao Miao, and put his arm around her shoulders, “When we are too lazy to farm, we will come to your place to eat and drink. Are you sure you won’t refuse?”
Gu Changzhou: “…”
Jiang Miao Miao laughed dryly, “Haha, he is joking, we can support ourselves.”
He thought about it and felt relaxed.
“It’s okay. I will make good money. You are welcome to come and take advantage of me when the time comes.”
Gu Changzhou made an appointment with someone to discuss business, unloaded his things, and left, leaving them with a lot of seeds, a group of squawking chickens and ducks, and several planting and breeding guides.
Neither of them had any experience in farming and did not dare to mess around. After feeding the chickens and ducks some water, they sat in the living room and studied the books.
Jiang Miao Miao was in a trance and went back to the time when she followed the recipes and learned to cook.
Obviously, she can understand every word, and she understands the meaning of the combination. However, after reading it, it feels like she hasn’t read it, and her head is still empty and without direction.
Lu Qiming was similar to her and closed the book impatiently.
“Don’t look at it anymore. Let’s try again.”
Anyway, there are so many things, and if they make a mistake, they still have the opportunity to start over.
They moved the chickens and ducks from the cage to the shed, sprinkled some feed, and then selected many different seeds. They followed Jiang Miao Miao’s previous method of planting bean sprouts and covered them with wet paper towels.
After a few days, many small white sprouts sprouted from the seeds.
The two raked several acres of soil, spread it, and waited expectantly for them to grow.