This is a fan translation. Correct me if you think some should be corrected.
Chapter 57 (1/2)
Jiang Miao Miao and Lu Qiming are very busy now.
They have to get up at six o’clock every morning.
After getting up, let the chickens and ducks out first and let them roam in the yard to avoid languishing in the shed.
Then, fetch water, pour feed, and feed them breakfast.
Then Lu Qiming made breakfast for the two of them while Jiang Miao Miao washed clothes with well water.
After everyone had eaten, they cleaned up the messy home and went out wearing straw hats and hoes.
There are many things to be busy with in the fields, such as clearing weeds, fertilizing, and catching insects. When the fieldwork is finished, they must return to the orchard.
The bayberries in the garden are about to mature. They are very delicate. When they are ripe, they must be picked quickly. Otherwise, they will all rot on the trees after a rain.
Just in case, they have to go up the slope every day to observe the maturity of the bayberry.
Fish ponds also need to be taken care of. The aquatic plants grow like bamboo shoots, and a large area will appear if they are not careful.
After finishing their work outside, they had to rush home to cook and feed the chickens and ducks.
After cooking, I have to wash the dishes, clean the kitchen, and go to bed very late.
Every day, when they open their eyes, there is a pile of work in front of them, making them wish they could die in bed.
Fortunately, after living like this for about a month, the water spinach they planted was ready to be harvested.
Neither of them liked this kind of food very much. Looking at the fruits of several barrels of hard work, they decided to take it to the city to sell.
After staying on the farm for so long, it’s time to go to the city to broaden their horizons.
The new currency has been issued. They sell vegetables in exchange for money, and maybe they can buy some things they don’t have at home.
There is a gasoline-burning tricycle on the farm, which is suitable for selling vegetables. Still, it has been broken down because it has been unused for too long.
Lu Qiming spent three nights repairing it but found that there was not much oil and could not survive in the city. There was no gas station open halfway.
This was not difficult. They are called Gu Changzhou.
The latter sent a young man to deliver several barrels of gasoline to them the next day. He refused to even drink water and left immediately.
Now everything is ready. All they need to do is set off.
The two moved water spinach, a few big fish, and a basket of early-ripening bayberries into a tricycle carriage.
Lu Qiming sat in the driver’s seat, and Jiang Miao Miao was squatting next to the vegetable basket with Meimu.
With a cheer, the whole family drove out of the farm and headed for the city, facing the sunshine of the early summer morning.
It was the first time Lu Qiming drove this kind of car. It felt like a small horse-drawn cart. No matter how hard he stepped on the accelerator, the speed could not be increased. It was leisurely on the mountain road.
He was getting impatient, but Jiang Miao Miao was screaming from behind.
“Ah! It’s too fast, slow down, slow down!”
Lu Qiming opened the accelerator, and the speed became even slower.
She smiled brightly, exposing her gums to the wind.
“It feels so good, it feels like riding in a sports car!”
They are all open-top!
Lu Qiming: “…”
He wanted to see how silly she looked, but unexpectedly, he turned his head and faced Jiang Meimu’s big mouth.
Wet saliva covered his face, and he quickly turned away in disgust.
The tricycle was slow. It only took them more than two hours to get to the farm from the city, but it took them a whole morning to get there.
Arrive in the city center just at noon.
Many people came out to eat after work, and the streets were very busy.
Jiang Miao Miao took a few more glances and found that the city had changed drastically in just one month.
Many shops are on the street, including restaurants, clothing stores, grocery stores, bookstores, shoe stores, and small supermarkets.
Of course, it can’t be compared with the grand scene before the apocalypse, but at first glance, it feels like returning to the 1970s and 1980s.
Some pedestrians were walking in a hurry, rushing to finish their meal and go to work.
Some people are shopping leisurely, not in a hurry.
Jiang Miao Miao even saw a few people pushing a stroller with a baby lying in it that looked only a few months old.
The government at the base had strongly encouraged that for many years, but no one was willing to give birth to it!
Everything is normal now.
They passed by the entrance of a restaurant. The two of them saw the sign board and felt it was very familiar.
The hotel was crowded and very busy.
Lu Qiming raised his chin, “It seems that your cheap dad has succeeded in starting a business. Why don’t you go in and have a meal?”
Jiang Miao Miao felt embarrassed, “It’s better not to do it. Let’s sell vegetables quickly.”
He didn’t insist and continued to move forward, finding small vegetable markets and asking the vendors if they wanted to collect vegetables.
Jiang Miao Miao thought she would be lucky to sell such a small item for dozens of yuan.
Unexpectedly, it was very popular, and several vendors competed to bid. Ultimately, all the fish, vegetables and bayberries were sold out, and they got a total of 500 yuan.
Five hundred dollars.
It is said that the current price level is equivalent to that of 2000, and this money is enough for them to spend a long time.
The two took the banknotes, returned to the tricycle with only the empty basket and Jiang Meimu, and began to think about how to spend it.
In the end, Jiang Miao Miao bought a new skirt, Lu Qiming bought cigarettes, Meimu bought some canned beef, and ate noodles for lunch at a noodle stall.
After spending all the money, there are still several hundred yuan left, so they can save it and use it to buy seeds or fertilizer later.
It was already past three in the afternoon, and they had to go home.
On the way out of the city, they passed a small supermarket with a freezer at the door selling popsicles.
Jiang Miao Mmiao couldn’t help it, so she jumped down and bought three mung bean-flavored candies, one for each person, and rode a tricycle home.
On the way back, the mountain breeze was gentle, and the sunset was all over the sky.
The sweet taste of the mung bean popsicle melted between her lips and teeth. Jiang Miao Miao hugged Lu Qiming’s neck from behind and lay on his shoulder with her eyes closed. It felt great.
As the sky turned dark, they arrived at the farm. They saw several off-road vehicles parked on the farm in the distance and couldn’t help but become vigilant.
They found someone standing beside the car when they drove into the gate. When they saw the two returning home, they greeted them lively.
“You finally come home. We have been waiting for you for a long time!”
Lu Qiming didn’t know those people and looked at Jiang Miao Miao with questioning eyes.
The latter was immersed in surprise.
These are the members of the rescue team!
She was about to introduce Lu Qiming when two people left the small bamboo forest behind the house. They were Yuan Mubing and the original male protagonist.
No introduction was needed now. Lu Qiming also understood and looked at them doubtfully.
“What are you doing here?”
One of the team members was the first to answer: “We heard that Miao Miao is running a farm and is here to make a living.”
Lu Qiming: “…Then you have come to the wrong place.”
He himself wants to rub off on others.
Yuan Mubing cleared his throat and said seriously:
“No kidding, we’re here to give you something.”
This is welcome.
Lu Qiming asked: “What?”
She opened the trunk, and a group of people moved things out.
Two sheep, a male and a female.
Two calves, one male and one female.
Two piglets, one male and one female.
There are also cats, big white geese, etc., which almost completely equip her farm.
Only there are no dogs.
After all, Meimu’s reputation has spread throughout the base, and everyone knows that the fattest white dog is her treasure.
The team members drove the animals into the shed. Yuan Mubing said:
“Because of you, we avoided a lot of dangers. It can be said that many team members survived because of your divination ability. Now we spend most of our time outside on missions and can’t help much. These things, Just think of it as a way of expressing our feelings.”
The farm is very large, and the two living here are completely empty and can’t fill it up. Adding these livestock will indeed make it more lively.
Jiang Miao Miao did not refuse. She was very grateful and kindly invited them to stay for dinner.
But everyone said they still had work to do, so they got in the car and left.
In the blink of an eye, two people and a dog were left on the farm and a bunch of small animals that were uneasy in the unfamiliar environment.
Jiang Miao Miao quickly put the things in the room and brought out food and water to feed them.
Lu Qiming parked the three-wheeler and started making dinner. The next day, he repaired the shack and the trough and officially lived a good life with pigs and sheep.
It’s just that the two of them are really lazy, and soon, they start to get lazy after a fulfilling life.
In order to increase the rest time, a work plan is specially formulated.
For example, get up at 7:30 in the morning, wash and eat for half an hour, start working at 8 o’clock, and get off work before 5 o’clock in the evening. After that, you can allocate your time freely.
The result of this plan is that the two of them have to work at a flying speed every day. Otherwise, they will not be able to finish it at all.
Not long after, the bayberries were about to mature again, and the two faced hundreds of bayberry trees laden with fruit.
What they saw was not a huge amount of income but the torture of being on the verge of collapse.
After getting off work in the evening, Jiang Miao Miao slumped on her chair and didn’t even want to move a finger.
Lu Qiming’s condition was similar to hers, and he said sadly:
“Don’t make dinner, just make instant noodles.”
“Meimu can’t eat instant noodles. Hey, where did Meimu go? I rarely see it in the past two days.”
Thinking of her beloved, Jiang Miao Miao struggled to get up, walked to the door and called it loudly.
Usually, during meals, as soon as she opens her mouth, no matter what that dog is doing, Meimu will definitely appear in front of her within three seconds.
But something was strange today. Even when Jiang Miao Miao shouted, there was no sign of it.
Lu Qiming sensed something was wrong and walked over with a tired pace.
“Haven’t found it yet?”
She said nothing, feeling very worried.
Although animals are also eaten up by zombies in the apocalypse, after so long, there is no guarantee that jackals, tigers, and leopards will not appear again.
There is a mountain next to them. If wild animals hid in it, wouldn’t Meimu become their delicious meal?
The two were worried and looked around with flashlights.
Almost an hour later, Lu Qiming found a familiar figure in the orchard.
“Miao Miao, it’s here!”
Jiang Miao Miao hurriedly ran over and saw Meimu licking a black dog under the moonlight.
Black dogs look wild and very wary and will run away when they see strangers.
She immediately pulled Lu Qiming to squat down, making a harmless gesture.
The other party was stunned and stopped.
Meimu immediately wags its tail and wraps around the other dog, eager to take that one home.
Lu Qiming was speechless: “What a fat little guy, it turns out he sneaked out to pick up girls.”
Jiang Miao Miao can understand.
Meimu is four years old, equivalent to a human being in his thirties.
I didn’t have the conditions before because I was too busy with work. If you eat and sleep every day, why don’t you seize the opportunity to get out of singlehood?
By the way, my new friend is really beautiful. The fur is smooth and shiny, the body is thin and tight, the tail is like a whip, and the muscles contain powerful explosive power.
In comparison, Meimu, who is too lazy to move after eating all day long, is simply a fat nerd, and it’s only face is cute.
The other party didn’t seem to be interested in it. As an old mother, she had to help.
“Go.” Jiang Miao Miao whispered to Lu Qiming, “Go home and get a can.”
“Yes, otherwise they would leave.”
Lu Qiming got up and walked home, muttering in his mouth.
He came back soon. Jiang Miao Miao opened the can and placed it on the ground.
Meimu smelled the familiar smell and immediately ran over to eat.
Suddenly, Meimu thought of my new friend and reluctantly stepped aside, obviously wanting to share it with the others.
The black dog was very vigilant. Even though the smell of meat made it hungry, it was still afraid of the two and refused to come over.
Jiang Miao Miao pulled Lu Qiming back a little. It observed them for a long time, and when it saw no hostility, it suddenly jumped over and ate up the can in a few mouthfuls.
Not even a bite of meat: “…”
She is really beautiful when she is beautiful, and she is really fierce when she is fierce.
After the black dog ate their food, his attitude softened significantly, and he began to look at the two of them.
Jiang Miao Miao tried her best to be friendly and even stretched out her hand to touch it.
Lu Qiming reminded her, “Be careful, in case it bites you.”
She maintained that posture, and the black dog weighed it for a long time, then came over and nuzzled her palm with its head.
The next day, they brought some more fish.
The third day is egg-fried rice.
The fourth day is noodles.
On the fifth day, Meimu successfully took the new friend home and lived in its kennel.