Chapter 5: Incense Outside the Wall (2)
When Su Jie left home, he did not ask for money from his parents. Instead, he saved up money from tutoring students.
He was still in high school. Because his grades were good, some parents allowed him to teach their children. Since young, he had accumulated quite a bit of pocket money.
He was very thrifty. He did not play games like other students––did not like toys, did not like chasing stars, or buying anime figurines. Like this, he saved up money bit by bit.
However, registering for this class, it was quite expensive. He paid 30,000 yuan for two months worth of lessons. He had spent most of his meager savings.
“Where is my ginseng milk?”
Josh arrived at the VIP dining hall and called for Su Jie to come in and have a meal with him at his table.
The chef in the VIP restaurant brought a pot of soup with a scented milk fragrance. There were also a few ginseng, mushrooms, chicken, vegetables, fresh fruits, beef, and other rich, savory food sprawled on the table.
“Oh, this ginseng milk is stewed with the chicken. The ginseng inside is a wild one. A hundred years old ginseng… A thousand years old ginseng is the best. Your strength would increase by leaps and bounds. And the milk, if it were breast milk, it’d be even better.” Josh shook his head, somewhat unsatisfied.
“I didn’t expect a foreigner like you to know about Chinese recipes.” The chef’s interest was piqued. He leaned forward and asked in Chinese, “However, this dish is only worth 1,000 yuan. Although the ginseng inside is grown and may not be of luxurious quality, it’s quite ripe and has seen six years worth of life. As for breast milk, do you think that it came from the noble family in the Qing Dynasty?”
The nobility during the Qing Dynasty liked to drink milk. Ah, that’s right. They had a group of nurses that would squeeze out breast milk, heat it, and add in sugar.
As the saying goes, to strengthen one’s own self, one had to drink milk. This meant that the longer a child suckled on a female breast, the more strength they would have.
T/N: ∑（｡･Д･｡）??? Wait… What…?
“You are a foreigner, Josh, and you believe all this? Ginseng plants are no different from those grown in the wild. They are the strongest in their sixth year. At that time, they have the most saponins. A hundred-year-old ginseng turned into wood is almost no different from a block of wood. However, breast milk is indeed much better than regular milk. The various substances breast milk contains are not even found in regular milk. It is true that infants who drink breast milk longer grows up to be smarter and stronger than those who drink regular milk.”
At this time, it was Su Jie’s turn to display the knowledge he had learned in biology and history classes.
In addition to the knowledge he learned from the textbooks, he had also learned many extracurricular knowledge.
His physical education classes were good such as running, high jumps, long jumps, rope jumping, playing ball, javelins, and so forth. Although he could not compare to the try-hard students in physical education classes, he was much better than those who played games on the screen and slept all day long.
Of course, there were no fighting techniques taught in those classes, so they knew very little of martial arts and martial arts skills.
“Okay, okay, eat. I especially ordered two servings today. It would be more interesting if we ate together. I don’t like eating alone,” Josh said.
“Josh, you’re treating me to a meal. Is there something you need my help with?” Su Jie asked half jokingly and half serious.
“Of course. Be my punching bag. I still need to train tonight! But I won’t be taking advantage of you. This will also be good for you,” Josh said. “Didn’t you want to become an expert in two months? Although this kind of training won’t help you become an expert, you should at least be able to gain something from it.”
“Why do you want me to be your punching bag? You know I’m not up to your level. You should find someone that can match you,” Su Jie asked curiously.
“No, no, no. It’s because you are weak that I can control you. You are a moving target, and if the two of us were to fight against an opponent similar to me, you’d likely be injured. Remember, you’re not supposed to get injured during training.
“A lot of times, even professional fighters get hurt during training. It would be tough to recover for their next match. At extreme times, they would have to retire, their careers dead. On the contrary, professional referees are very rigorous in abiding by the strict rules. Fighters are careful to avoid breaking the rules, so there are very few who get injured. So, every time you train, you have to take it seriously. You can’t forcefully train and endure the pain. It’s a self-mutilation behavior.”
“Understood.” Su Jie once again gained an enlightenment and silently memorized what he had just heard in his heart.
“This chopstick is so troublesome.” Josh grabbed his chopsticks. He had a bit of trouble with it. His fingers were awkward and clumsy. He picked up a piece of chicken with chopsticks and was about to put it in his mouth, but somehow, he did not have the chance to do so.
The chicken fell to the ground. Josh was so angry that he threw the chopsticks on the ground.
“There are knives and forks.” Su Jie quickly pushed the knife and fork over.