Chapter 7: It’s Impossible to pay back the young lady’s life-saving grace (2)
Zhou Xiaoxiao quickly lit a small fire, but she didn’t dare to warm themselves near the fire immediately, so she piled together all the leather and fur she had in the corner of the cave, far away from the fire pit. She took off both of their wet clothes and crept into the heap, taking the largest piece of tiger skin and pulling it on top of them.
Humans needed to recover their natural body heat quickly after experiencing extreme cold. However, they can’t immediately warm themselves up right away using fire, otherwise, they would suffer vasospasm or even worse–dermonecrosis. The proper way to warm themselves up was to quickly take off the wet clothes and warm the body at a temperature of 37-40 degrees. However, they were out in the wild and they lacked a thermometer and the right environment to warm themselves up, so the best way to restore their body temperature was using skin contact.
This scene might seem romantic, but it was actually a very tortuous process.
Think about what it would be like to hug a piece of ice to sleep in such a severe winter; not only would you not able to take your mind off the cold, your skin might be damaged by the extreme cold.
At this moment, Zhou Xiaoxiao was hugging a huge piece of ice. The cold was so intolerable that her teeth were chattering. She couldn’t fall asleep either because she had to make sure to change her position once her skin was in pain from being exposed to his cold body, she had to make sure to do that, so she doesn’t get frostbite.
When Yu Xingzhi slowly recovered his body heat, Zhou Xiaoxiao had to force herself to get up and go outside of the cave to clean up their trail. Luckily enough, the heavy snow quickly washed away the tracks they left behind.
When she returned to the cave, she pushed the fire pit closer and built a crock and began boiling a bucket of snow water.
Although Yu Xingzhi still didn’t wake up, his temperature started to recover, and his body wasn’t as stiff anymore. He appeared livelier.
Zhou Xiaoxiao poured a bowl of hot water and fed it to him. She fell asleep afterward because she couldn’t support herself anymore.
Yu Xingzhi found himself lying in a warm, dry environment.
He had been in pain from the injuries he received that he hadn’t had a good sleep since then. It was so comfy that he almost refused to wake up.
But he still opened his eyes.
He found himself inside a cave.
There was a fire in the fire pit and on top of the fire, was a crock. A pleasant and tempting smell arose from the crock.
He laid on top of the heap of warm leather and fur.
Following his waking, something next to him stirred.
A fluffy head popped up from underneath all the leather and fur skin, Zhou Xiaoxiao’s face was still dirty as she opened her sleepy eyes. When she saw that he had awoken, her pair of round almond-like eyes revealed a bright smile.
“You finally woke up. That’s great.”
The girl got out of the heap and lifted the lid of the crock to scoop out a bowl of hot congee with meat.
“Come, get up to eat something.” She said smilingly.
She only wore a thin set of clothes. As she leaned closer to him, he was clearly able to see the outline of her attractive body. Yu Xingzhi’s face suddenly turned red and he quickly turned his face to the other side, not daring to look any further.
Zhou Xiaoxiao was about to help him get up to drink the soup when he blushed and turned his head to the other side.
What happened? Zhou Xiaoxiao examined herself, she was wearing a long-sleeved shirt and a pair of long pants. There wasn’t any problem, she covered herself so fully that she didn’t even show her shoulder.
Ancient people were so hard to serve. Don’t tell me I need to wear three full layers inside and out to serve you a bowl of rice under this circumstance. Zhou Xiaoxiao decided to ignore his reactions.