Chapter 8: It’s Impossible to pay back the Young Lady’s Life-saving Grace (3)
Yu Xingzhi felt a warm hand touching the skin of his shoulder as he was lifted up.
He suddenly realized that he wasn’t wearing anything, even worse than the girl who only wore a thin layer of clothes.
While he was contemplating what to do, a scoop of congee was already fed into his mouth. The hot congee mixed with shredded meat and mushrooms soothed his scarred mind and body.
He felt his hungry stomach and body craving for the next sip of congee. His body was too fragile that he couldn’t resist nor could he wait any longer for the delicacy that he hasn’t taste in so long.
While he was swallowing, he thought, although it was inappropriate, but… let’s prioritize eating for now.
After he finished eating, Zhou Xiaoxiao watched as Yu Xingzhi fell into a deep sleep again and sighed.
Looking at the cave, one of the corners held the accumulated wood, rice, bacon, dry goods, and some clothes that she stocked up earlier.
There won’t be any problem for the two of them if they wanted to live here for ten days or half a month.
But for the Lin Residence, not only did they lose an orphaned servant, but they also lost an important prisoner.
After the incident caused by the mountain bandits, it would be inevitable for them to block off the entrance and exits to the mountain.
How will she escape with an injured person?
The most important matter that Zhou Xiaoxiao was unwilling to bring up was that she was scared to stay here and just watch a person die like this.
They lacked medicine here. She looked at the pale-faced Yu Xingzhi; he was severely injured, and he also has a broken leg. For him to stay under this kind of environment for a period of time, she was afraid… she shook her head and forced herself to stop thinking about it.
She should leave alone and not get involved again. She had used great effort to save her own life and she didn’t want to experience death again.
Leaving him here with all the resources in the cave would mean that she did her part and the rest can only be left in the hands of God.
She was originally a cold-hearted person.
Zhou Xiaoxiao broke the branch on her hand and made up her mind.
She stood up and changed to men’s clothes, then organized the logs neatly near Yu Xingzhi’s bed and put food and water in a place that was within his reach. She pushed the fire pit closer to him and fixed the crock.
Looking around, there was nothing else she could do.
She wanted to leave silently, but her legs wouldn’t move, as if they were rooted to the ground.
She looked at Yu Xingzhi’s face, he was frowning slightly and there were no signs of life from his pale face. Yu Xingzhi opened his eyes slowly, his eyes lingered on her thick clothes and huge baggage. His eyes first showed confusion, then he quickly understood the situation and showed a comprehensive expression.
What if he pleaded for me to stay? No, I can’t be softhearted. I don’t owe him anything. Although he dragged me some distance, I also saved him. I already did what I can do by giving him all the resources, Zhou Xiaoxiao told herself.
She was about to explain the situation when he slowly supported his body and extended his hands out to bow to her in slow motion. He said his farewell in a polite way, “Your great favor is not enough to be thanked by words. If I happen to survive in the future, I must repay you with great rewards. Please take care.”
Zhou Xiaoxiao didn’t know what to say. She forced herself not to meet his gaze, turned around and left the cave.
After a day of snow, the world outside the cave was completely white, showing no signs of life at all.
Zhou Xiaoxiao covered the entrance of the cave with branches. The cave was hidden well thanks to the snow.
She walked backwards the whole way, cleaning the footsteps that she left behind. When she covered enough distance, she stepped on a wooden sled and skated downhill to the other side of the mountain.