C9 Stop, You Thief!
When Zhan Tianming looked at her, he couldn't help but shrink his neck as he felt a little weak in the confidence department right now.
'Damn, isn't this too much of a coincidence?'
"She didn't recognize me, she didn't recognize me, she didn't recognize me…" Zhan Tianming prayed repeatedly in his heart.
'No, just in case...'
Quietly, Zhan Tianming took some charcoal dust on his hand and sneakily rubbed it on his face, acting as if it happened by mistake while he was eating.
Xiang'er glared at Zhan Tianming, her face revealing a dissatisfied look.
She didn't want to see his bum-like face anymore, so she turned her face and looked for something to roast.
Suddenly, her gaze fell upon Little Purple, who was eating meat while merrily squealing. She pointed at it and said, "Don't you still have that purple pig? Roast it and feed it to our young lady. If you fail to sate our young lady's hunger, you won't be able to compensate for that sin even with your own life."
A line like this was bound to make any person with a hint of pride angry. So, angry was what Zhan Tianming became.
'How dare this woman lay her ravenous eyes on Little Purple!'
Suddenly, Zhan Tianming stood up and stared dead into Xiang'er's eyes, scaring the latter into taking a step back.
Zhan Tianming bellowed, "Who the hell do you think you are?"
"Is your family's young lady made of gold? Why the hell should I care about her? Scram to the side, and don't stop this daddy from eating."
With a light snort, Zhan Tianming returned to his seat and protectively placed Little Purple on his lap.
"You!" Xiang'er became angry and knitted her eyebrows tightly while glaring at Zhan Tianming.
Unfortunately, Zhan Tianming didn't even give her second glance.
Xiang'er stomped her feet and repeatedly scolded Zhan Tianming in her heart. At the same time, she was fighting with a dilemma: if she failed to take a roast to her young miss, how would Xiang'er explain it to her?
The displeased Xiang'er glared at Zhan Tianming fiercely, but soon, she realized that she had no other choice, so she withdrew the displeasure from her face, replaced it with a pleading countenance, and said, "Sorry, I was wrong just now. If I get some game, can I trouble you to roast it?"
Zhan Tianming did not answer.
"I was really at fault here, so please forgive me. Our young lady is starving. Please, help us out a bit. I will bring the game meat here; please roast it for us. We won't ask you to do it for free as we can pay you," Xiang Er pleaded.
Seeing that the other party had caved in, Zhan Tianming turned his head.
"Okay, I'll roast one for 10 taels of silver."
Xiang'er agreed without even giving the cost a second thought.
As long as the princess could eat her fill, why would she care about this bit of silver?
"Just wait, I'll go hunt some game now."
As if afraid that Zhan Tianming would go back on his word, Xiang'er immediately took out ten silver taels and stuffed them into Zhan Tianming's hands, then turned and left.
"I... Am I asking for too little?" Looking at the shining silver taels in his hand, Zhan Tianming was startled.
Had he known that things would turn out the way they did, he would've asked for far more.
'Forget it, who asked me to be such an honest person?'
So what if it was ten taels?
In fact, ten taels of silver was not a small sum. It was more than enough for a family of three to eat for a month or two.
Zhan Tianming kept the silver.
"Congratulations! Host Zhan Tianming has accepted the barbecue mission. Mission completion reward:1000 experience points and 100 silver taels."
"Congratulations! Host Zhan Tianming has activated the currency system."
Zhan Tianming was startled.
'Damn! Why didn't you tell me this was system mission?'
'If I knew it was a mission, I would have accepted it long ago!'
Zhan Tianming felt that the system was a bit lagging.
Do you need a RTX 3090 or something?
'Forget it, I'll just accept the mission and take those 10 silver taels as an added bonus.'
On the other side, Xiang Er said something to Zongzheng Wanyou and then went to hunt some game meat by herself. Zongzheng Wanyou's eyebrows knitted slightly, and then she walked over to Zhan Tianming. Looking at the dirt and grime all around, she took out a handkerchief and placed it on the stone before sitting down.
She glanced at the barbecue in Zhan Tianming's hands, and her stomach rumbled unconsciously.
Zhan Tianming felt a little guilty, so to appease his guilt... he just didn't look at her.
"She didn't recognize me, she didn't recognize me, she didn't recognize me..." After mumbling the chant in his heart for a while, Zhan Tianming realized that Zongzheng Wanyou showed no signs of recognizing him, so he became much relaxed.
He tore off a rabbit leg that he had never eaten before and passed it over casually. Trying to appear as casual as he could, Zhan Tianming a tore a leg from the roasted rabbit and passed it over, cool as a cucumber.
"For me?" Zongzheng Wanyou was startled.
"Is there anyone else here?" Zhan Tianming rolled his eyes.
Nobody else was around, obvio.
Zongzheng Wanyou hesitated for a second before deciding to hold out her hand and receive the roasted thigh.
'Let's not worry about the useless stuff. For now, let's eat!'
After taking a bite, Zongzheng Wanyou's eyes lit up.
It was too delicious!
She once again bit into the meat, but this time, she took a big mouthful.
"Cough, cough, cough…"
She was eating with such haste, that she ended up chocking on the meat.
"Slow down. Here, have some water." Zhan Tianming took out a water bottle and handed it over.
Zongzheng Wanyou took the water bottle and gulped down two mouthfuls of water. Only then did she feel more comfortable, so she turned to Zhan Tianming and said, "Thank you."
Zhan Tianming laughed, and thought, "Is she thanking me? If you recognized me, you would be beating me!"
In any case, Zhan Tianming would never go out of his way and accept his crimes.
But that didn't mean he wasn't a man of integrity.
At a moment like this accepting your crimes wouldn't honesty, it would be stupidity. One would only do something like that if they were kicked by a donkey and got their head stuck in a door.
After receiving the bottle from Zongzheng Wanyou, Zhan Tianming raised his head and took two gulps.
Seeing Zhan Tianming's actions, Zongzheng Wanyou lightly frowned.
'T-this... isn't this like an indirect k-ki-kiss!'
'Seriously, why didn't he think about the other party's feelings before drinking from the same bottle?'
Thinking about it this way, Zongzheng Wanyou felt a little uncomfortable.
However, regardless of what she thought and how uncomfortable she felt, the water was already in the stomach. It had gone to the point that even vomiting wouldn't help.
'Let's just forget about it.'
'Next time, I just won't drink it.'
Just then, Little Purple ran over to Zongzheng Wanyou's feet and nuzzled its head against her feet.
"What a cute little pig." Zongzheng Wanyou laughed and her heart was filled with glee. She reached out and picked up Little Purple.
"Squeal!" Little Purple, too, squealed in delight.
Zhan Tianming did not care about them, and continued to eat the roast meat, taking big mouthfuls with each bite.
Suddenly, Zhan Tianming discovered that as he ate the roasted meat, the speed at which his true qi was recovering increased.
'Eh, so it was like this.'
This Divine Dragon's Supreme System is awesome!
Needless to say, Xiang'er's hunting speed was nothing to scoff at. Soon, she returned with a large, fat Red-Haired Rabbit.
The rabbit was still alive and kicking with its legs.
Unfortunately, Xiang'er was holding it by its two ears, so it just couldn't escape.
Zhan Tianming received the Red-Haired Rabbit, took Little Purple from Zongzheng Wanyou, placed it in his arms, and said, "The two of you wait for me here. I'll go to the stream and clean it up."
With that, Zhan Tianming turned and left.
The two girls looked at Zhan Tianming's receding figure, not at all worried about the fact that he might run away.
How could he even run away? All his tools and backpack were still here.
However, as she looked at his back, Zongzheng Wanyou's brows knitted, and a layer of frost gradually formed on her face.
'This guy… He is that pervert who peeked at me while I was bathing!'
Suddenly, Zongzheng Wanyou stood up and coldly shouted, "Stop right there, you pervert!"
Zhan Tianming who was walking forward was startled.
Turning his head, he saw Zongzheng Wanyou pointing at him angrily.
He looked around, but he couldn't find anyone else to take the blame.
'Did she find out?'
'What should I do?'
'Run, of course!'
With a whoosh, Zhan Tianming activated his Nine Dragons Step and quickly dashed forward.
"Xiang'er, chase him! You must catch him alive." Zongzheng Wanyou was furious.
"Yes, Young Miss." Xiang Er immediately gave chase.
Zongzheng Wanyou was not slow either, as she chased after them.