Chapter 3: When you can’t be a Man, you can only be of use to a Married Woman (3)
She went to find a piece of ginger and smashed it into pieces. Then, she looked for a brown sugar cube in the cabinets. She boiled the two ingredients together to make a bowl of thick brown sugar ginger water.
She poured the warm water into a bowl and helped the man up. “Come, this will help you dispel the cold and replenish your qi. Drink it quickly before anyone sees it.”
She fed him slowly, the man let out a soft sigh when he finished drinking it. He glanced at Zhou Xiaoxiao, but didn’t say anything.
Zhou Xiaoxiao didn’t bother with him either. She fetched an iced handkerchief on his wrist and took away the warm towel. She alternatively applied each towel on the man’s wrist to improve his blood circulation and also to stop the blood from bleeding.
She busied herself when she suddenly heard a low husky voice said, “Thank you.”
Although the sound was extremely low and soft, Zhou Xiaoxiao was sure that she had heard correctly. Although she didn’t show any expressions on her face, her heart can’t help but lament: “People from ancient times are really different. Even in such a situation, he was still being courteous.”
She estimated that the servant boys were about to return, so she picked up the rope and began to bind his wrists together as it was before. The man didn’t resist her and allowed her to do as she pleased.
If his hands were tied like this again, the blood circulation around his wrist would be blocked, and his hands would be crippled.
Now that she thought of that, Zhou Xiaoxiao can’t help but loosen the rope again and again. In the end, his wrist only appeared to be tightly bound.
She filled the stove with firewood and laid the man next to the warm stove. She laid on top of the pile of firewood in the corner and said, “Pray for some blessings because I can only do this much for you.”
In a short while, someone came and carried the man away.
Zhou Xiaoxiao held a rice straw in her mouth and crossed her legs; she laid on the haystack in the corner of the room with her eyes closed. On one hand, she was secretly cursing at the dark and old society she was in right now and on the other hand, she prayed to the Gods and Buddha to transmigrate her back to the beautiful 21st century.
Zhou Xiaoxiao’s father was originally a guard of the Lin Residence and in his later years, he had a daughter and named her Dujuan. Who would’ve known that Dujuan would turn out to be dull and stupid? However, she was naturally gifted with god-like abilities.
Old Zhou’s wife died early, so he was bored in his later years. He began teaching his daughter martial arts and enjoyed it. Although Dujuan was stupid, she was very talented when it came to learning martial arts. Even though she can’t understand its profound ways, but her martial arts came in handy when it came to going into the woods, hunting, and treasure hunting.
Old Zhou had only randomly taught her some superficial moves and had frequently brought her to the forest to hunt which slightly eased his loneliness.
After Old Zhou’s death, the master of the residence still had some old brotherly feelings for him, so he allowed Dujuan to some superficial work that requires strength around the courtyard. In her free time, she was allowed to run around the mountains and was always able to catch some wild animals and birds. Sometimes, she was able to catch some rare wild animals and would bring them back to the residence, astonishing everyone.
Dujuan traveled around the mountain forest from an early age, so she was very familiar with the snow mountain.
She had accidentally found a cave on the mountain before. The entrance was small and secretive, and the cave was uninhabited.
After Zhou Xiaoxiao crossed over and got her memory fused with Dujuan’s memory, she had made some plans regarding the cave.
She stole some rice grain from the kitchen several times and hid them in the cave. No one paid any attention to Dujuan because she was a fool, so she was never caught. She accumulated a lot of supplies over a long period of time.
Zhou Xiaoxiao laid on top of the haystack and began to silently calculate. After three months here, she had learned to imitate some of the lifestyle and habits of the people living here. Like an ant, she had slowly accumulated a lot of food into the cave, as well as some daily necessities.
Since she arrived here, she had deliberately hunted some quite a number of exotic and rare animals.
Most of it was stored in the cave, some were skinned and air-dried or just simply salted to preserve it. Now there were many deer antlers, pelts, and even tiger skin and bone inside the cave. She would just pick some and bring it back to the residence.
Now, she just needed to patiently wait until Lin Bingren, this evil master to depart from the residence for her to leave. It was customary for the master of the residence to leave only a few guards behind to guard the residence when he leaves.
When that time comes, she would find an opportunity to go to the mountains alone and hide in the hold, never coming out again.
The people from the residence wouldn’t be able to find her, so they would probably assume that she died in the mountains. She was just a stupid orphan, so no one would care.
She would hide in the cave for a few days, then she would come out of the cave disguised as a hunter in the mountains. Then, she would enter the village below the mountains and trade her fur and pelts for some money. She would enter the central plains through Lucheng and find another way to survive.
She would leave this place where wicked deeds occur, where corruption was concealed, and live a free and unrestrained life.