Chapter 41: Here Comes the Little Fox
Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Editor: Sulo wants to cuddle the little snow-white fox
The entire hall was quiet.
Eighty-nine percent of the eyes of the staff and the traveling passengers were inadvertently cast over, and Gu YuMian was the center of all attention. This pompous and high-profile style, Gu YuMian felt a kind of inexplicable familiarity — don’t say it’s him again?
On both sides of the carpet, the servant’s bowed at the same angle. The deacon held the bouquet and bowed his head respectfully.
Gu YuMian pointed to himself, “Mr. Gu, me?”
Deacon, “Of course, no one can answer to these words except you.”
Gu YuMian’s teeth were aching, he was embarrassed and awkward. He really couldn’t stand this noble brown nosing. 1
But there was something different about that.
The young chief assistant immediately showed a clear look. The little snow leopard lowered his eyelids and watched Gu YuMian. The arctic fox kit also wagged his tail. Only the baby panda was still sucking his claws in a daze.
There were not many famous people in the Lower Urban District, but the Upper Urban District had many and were filled with gossips. They all knew about the family affairs from the Middle Urban District a few years ago.
Gu YuMian was not only a human being, but also a Gu. He came from Takk alone. Most likely, he was the only son of the former head of his family. It didn’t matter anymore. The money and status earned by the original owner after he changed his family was not worth mentioning.
Moreover, Gu’s family was now living in poverty. If it wasn’t a certain Emperor who liked to play cat and mouse games, they would have been on the street a long time ago. They didn’t even know how they had offended His Majesty.
“Mr. Gu,” the chief assistant scratched his head, “do you know them?”
Gu YuMian turned to the deacon and asked, “I’m sorry, you are?”
The deacon glanced at the little snow leopard without trace and replied with lowered eyebrows, “Your friend, Mr. Shuo has given you Building 1 and 2 of the Floating Island as a private house in the Upper Urban District. I’m the housekeeper and have come to pick you up.”
It was really because of Shuo Han. However, it was surprising that there were stewards and servants in this era. Weren’t intelligent systems and robots enough to do everything?
It was Gu YuMian’s bottom line not to pry into other people’s privacy, but Shuo Han’s financial resources and status were not consistent with his young age, which really made Gu YuMian confused.
The assistant listened in silence.
…Fuck, Floating Island?!
There were three top-level villas built on that Island and he couldn’t afford to buy a brick even if he worked all his life! It was to be given to a Royal Family member or a noble.
What was the origin of this human anchor?
At this moment.
The chief assistant of the Academy of Sciences stood on the left side of Gu YuMian, holding the little arctic fox, while the middle-aged housekeeper and dozens of servants stood on the right side of Gu YuMian.
Both sides looked at Gu YuMian holding the baby snow leopard and panda.
Gu YuMian, “……” So, where on earth should he take the cubs to live?
An hour later.
A residential building a block away from the Academy of Sciences.
“I’m sorry, Mr. Gu,” said the chief assistant as he opened the door with a magnetic card. “It’s a bit crude. I hope you’ll make do with it.”
“It doesn’t matter. I don’t think it’s simple. ” Gu YuMian smiled. “I love it here.”
This was the family building of the Academy of Sciences, but it didn’t have the cold sense of technology that repelled people thousands of miles away. Instead, there were more pieces of original wooden furniture.
It was like a small compound with an old attic, there were many soft cushions, floor to floor windows and other places where they could bask in the sun, and kitchenware was also available. As a place to stay in for a week, it was already in line with Gu YuMian’s expectations.
“TuanTuan, YuanYuan, do you like it?” He rubbed the little snow leopard’s ears and held the baby panda’s paws.
Of course, the baby panda chortled twice. But the little snow leopard gloomily didn’t move his head because he was still angry at Gu YuMian.
Gu YuMian shook his head helplessly.
Finally, he had chosen the accommodation provided by the Academy of Sciences — after all, the Floating Island did not belong to him, so he would feel uneasy when living in it, and he felt uncomfortable and awkward with such a large group of housekeepers and servants.
Of course, the baby panda was happy, but the little snow leopard was not. He bit Gu YuMian’s collar and pulled him to the housekeeper.
Gu YuMian entered into parental mode with great emphasis and whispered in his ear, “TuanTuan, don’t be too greedy for enjoyment. All the gifts of fate have implied the price. Have you ever heard that? This time we owe Shuo Han. What will we pay next time?”
The Elbet Restaurant was different from the Floating Island.
When Elbet was handed over to Gu YuMian, it was in the state of bankruptcy. At this time, if Gu YuMian did not accept the restaurant and directly returned it to Shuo Han, it would either be that Shuo Han would bear the deficit, or Elbet would go bankrupt directly. Gu YuMian took over the operation, and after that, he made a profit and divided most of it to Shuo Han, which was the best solution he thought out.
—— ‘Owe’ and ‘repay’ were two cold words with clear boundaries, which made the little snow leopard sulk completely.
He regarded Gu YuMian as his human, but Gu YuMian didn’t think so. Why?
All the way after that, no matter how soft Gu YuMian’s voice was, the little guy just lay on Gu YuMian’s shoulder, ignoring him.
“Then if there’s nothing to do, we won’t disturb you.” The chief assistant held the little arctic fox and waved at Gu YuMian.
The little arctic fox that was held by an assistant, looked back at Gu YuMian, showing an expression that was different from his clever and cunning appearance. He looked sad and a little lonely.
Gu YuMian’s heart was a little sour all of a sudden.
Along the way, he felt that the little fox envied the little snow leopard and the baby panda. With an inappropriate metaphor, he was like a little vagrant wandering around, looking at other people’s warm, bright, well cared children, looking forward to it while being a little timid and self abased.
Gu YuMian had held him and fed him the little wontons that were packed into the fresh-keeping box. The little fox happily and carefully ate with his small mouth from Gu YuMian’s hand. Gu YuMian did feel happy at that time.
But the happiness was very short. Gu YuMian was going to take his own children home, and the little arctic fox was left behind again.
When the snow leopard and baby panda were sad, they were coaxed by Gu YuMian. The fox was sad and lonely, but no one coaxed him. He could only lick his wounds himself.
The little fox’s obsidian eyes were wet, separated by a few meters from the sun in the deep winter of the Upper Urban District, they looked at Gu YuMian from afar.
Gu YuMian was stunned, as if his heart had been slightly clenched by someone.
The chief assistant could not help sighing.
To give birth to this kind of gifted youth, the chief parents were top scientists in the industry and devoted themselves to scientific research. As a child who had awakened his super brain ability at the age of two or three, the chief was sent to a professional institution at a very young age to receive the most professional and targeted education. He began to live on his own at the age of five. The chief was young and mature, with no mood swings. He was more like an AI than an AI, and those around him treated him as an adult.
But aside from knowing that before Gu YuMian came, the chief of ‘no mood swings’ was really looking forward to meeting the other.
At first, the chief assistant was worried about Gu YuMian’s different performance and disillusionment with the chief on the Internet, but now he was worried that Gu YuMian was too good.
“Aii.” The chief assistant held the little arctic fox and pushed open the door. Seeing that the door was going to close, he disappeared from Gu YuMian’s sight with the little fox in his arms.
Gu YuMian’s hand supported the door frame and blocked the door from being closed.
“Um, do you want to…” He reached out and touched the fox’s head. He thought and thought. Under the fox’s blank and expectant eyes, he could not help but ask in a soft voice, “Stay with us tonight?”
The chief had up to a year off, but he had never asked for a single day. Thechief assistant asked the little arctic fox and superior’s opinion, and this holiday was soon approved. They didn’t directly tell Gu YuMian the identity of the little arctic fox, but they didn’t deliberately hide it either. They were afraid that it would burden his mind. Let Gu YuMian find out for himself…
Compared with the snow leopard and baby panda, this arctic fox kit was really too good. Of course, the baby panda was also very good. He was the kind of cute baby that liked to play and eat. But the little arctic fox was shy by nature. No matter where he was, he would sit there and watch Gu YuMian or his surroundings.
“QiuQiu is staying for dinner,” Gu YuMian held the snow leopard and the baby panda, and saw the fox sitting quietly on the cushion Gu YuMian found for him. “Do you have something you would like for dinner, hm?”
‘Xue Tuan’ and ‘Tangyuan’ were two stupid names. Gu YuMian forgot to ask the assistant the name of the little guy, so he temporarily named him ‘Bai Qiu.’ 2
Gu YuMian picked up the little fox, and he curled up his big tail and leaned on Gu YuMian’s arms. His claws pulled on the edge of his shirt, and his throat made a chirping sound. It was like a small ball of fluff. 3
Baby panda, “Chii.”
He and the little snow leopard were originally repellent to the new cubs, because their instinct was that they would have to share their own love and care with a new one. But the baby panda was very optimistic and kind-hearted in nature. At this time, he accepted the fox very peacefully. He had also taken the initiative to help the little fox set the mat and let him sit next to him.
He was a very sensible cub.
But Capital Star was not so receptive.
The little snow leopard was still sulking with Gu YuMian. At this time, he was not angry. He jumped on Gu YuMian’s shoulder, firmly occupied his territory, and looked at the new one lazily from a high position. Moreover, unlike the baby panda, the new fool seemed to pose more of a crisis with his appearance, and the inner crisis the little snow leopard felt only grew deeper.
Was his tail short? Or his silver-white fur not soft enough?
What if his man was fascinated by this new white fool?
Fortunately, it was just a temporary stay… It had to be a temporary stay.
The snow leopard encircled Gu YuMian’s neck with his long tail and pushed the fox away. But the baby panda lay on Gu YuMian’s knee and greeted the little fox. The soft claw gently stroked the big fluffy tail of the little fox and sent out the baby whirring sound of praise and exclamation.
Before, the baby panda had turned into a human baby. After the assistant left, he became a panda. There was a flash of surprise in the little fox’s eyes, and soon it disappeared. The little fox shyly shrank into Gu YuMian’s arms, and bowed his head, YuanYuan’s nose touched the paw of the fox. The two cubs got to know each other.
Apart from the little snow leopard who was still angry and careful, everything looked very harmonious.
Gu YuMian was adoring them.
Snow Leopard, “…”
Because it was a cub, Gu YuMian was not sure whether he should drink milk or eat food, so he had prepared both kinds — mixed milk and minced meat suitable for fox kits to chew and digest.
“TuanTuan is not allowed to bully the new child. QiuQiu, which do you want?” Gu YuMian took a new spare brush and brushed the fox’s fur. The fur of the arctic fox was thick and long, especially the big fluffy tail. 4
“Tell me if you don’t like it. I’ll make you something else.”
The little fox sat in front of the milk bottle with a solemn and a little shy manner. He put his paw on the palm of Gu YuMian’s hand. His neck was slightly raised and extended gracefully. He wanted to drink some milk from Gu YuMian’s hand but…
“Ji.” He wanted to eat.
“Just a moment. I’ll steam something over there right away.”
Gu YuMian chopped the fat and thin synthetic rib meat, dried shrimp and dried mushrooms into small cubes. After they were cut, he then added chopped ginger into a pan to add flavor. Then he added the stuffing together with chopped scallions and carrots to the pan, stirring it evenly.
He poured in the soy sauce to improve the flavor and color. The color of the ribs was a beautiful and textured dark red. Then he mixed cooked taro paste and glutinous rice flour to form dumpling skin. He scooped the stuffing mix into the dumpling skin with a small spoon, and made dimsum. Now they needed to be steamed until done. 5
A few minutes later, Gu YuMian uncovered the steamer——
The fresh smell of meat and steam came out together. The greedy insects in the belly were immediately aroused!
Gu YuMian had made little balls to give to the cubs. Many small meatballs were delicately packed in bamboo steamers. The taro skin on the surface was thin, transparent, glossy, thick and sweet, and the steamed fresh, soft, waxy, rib meat stuffing was clearly visible.
Although the little snow leopard and baby panda had been eating with Gu YuMian for so long, they couldn’t help being attracted every time the dishes came out of the pot.
Let alone the fox who came to eat at home for the first time. The arctic fox swallowed his saliva and watched Gu YuMian take a small spoon to put the meatball to his mouth.
Was this for him? Could it be eaten?
The bookworm expression, which was extremely inconsistent with the cute little face, immediately made Gu YuMian feel he was really adorable. He scratched the fox’s chin with his hand, “It’s for you, don’t you like it?”
The little fox froze, then carefully lowered his head to grab a meatball from the spoon Gu YuMian held, and chewed and tasted it carefully.
The small meatball was warm, round and full. The thin skin made of taro paste was sweet, flexible and locked in the fresh taste. The meat stuffing inside was a mixture of the crispy meat and the elastic texture of shrimp. The little soy sauce that had survived was fresh and the slightly scalding juice dripped off of it, and the taste was boundless.
Little fox: “!!!”
His big fluffy tail shook more frequently, and he made a noise to Gu YuMian saying that it was very delicious!
The little snow leopard and the baby panda urged Gu YuMian to feed them a spoon, but the little fox dared not do so. Although he also wanted to eat more, he just waited on the side. Gu YuMian’s heart melted. How could he not take care of him a little more?
Snow Leopard: “…”
The meatballs were sour.
The milk was sour.
The snow outside was also sour.
The world was sour.
… He needed to hold back.
Gu YuMian didn’t know the frequency of the little fox’s bath. At night, he bathed the little snow leopard and baby panda, and also washed the little arctic fox. The big fluffy tail had been washed and dried with a small power blower. It was fluffy and soft with a little light fragrance of leaves. Gu YuMian wanted to lie on it.
Then there was the long and patient process of combing and brushing his hair, but Gu YuMian was not tired while chatting with children and wasn’t concentrating on work. Then when it was time to go to bed, Gu YuMian took the three cubs to sleep.
One night later, the little fox was no longer the prim and shy baby he was at the beginning, and his attitude was slightly relaxed. Of course, his character was introverted, not as arrogant as a snow leopard or optimistic as the baby panda.
Sunlight came in from the window. Outside, the snow had stopped, revealing the blue sky. This was the first day of their trip to the Upper Urban District.
Since they came to the Upper Urban District due to a travel live broadcast, which was usually longer, it was better to get up in the morning and go to bed at night, so as to give the audience a sense of immersive experience.
Gu YuMian made preparations in advance after the children fell asleep last night, and as soon as he got up this morning, he opened the live broadcast.
It was eight in the morning.
After careful calculation, Gu YuMian’s live broadcast was the only one that started at 8 a.m. It had been such a long time — however, even when many people were sleeping late in the morning, just after the broadcast, there was still a rapid tide of audience members.
“Hello, I’m anchor Gu YuMian,” Gu YuMian said, looking at the rapidly increasing number of viewers, bending his eyes and saying hello, “I’m going to go to the Academy of Sciences in a moment. Today’s live broadcast will be relatively long. You can choose your favorite time to watch… Shh, the children are still asleep.”
The three cubs were actually very sticky, but the snow leopard was still the most sticky one.
Now, the little fox and the baby panda were still sleeping on the soft and warm bed, which meant that the little snow leopard had to follow Gu YuMian when he slept. At the moment, he also slept on Gu YuMian’s shoulder.
Gu YuMian had finished washing and putting on his clothes, and was packing for the Academy. Unfortunately, the little snow leopard couldn’t go with him in the morning — he had to go to the campus of Upper Urban District to attend school, but it was too early as classes would only start in the afternoon. It would be the same if Gu YuMian picked him up at two or three o’clock.
A large number of barrages poured in.
[Jucy Chen: I waited all night for the long live broadcast. Yesterday was really too short!!! Other anchors broadcast eight hours a day, you go live for two hours a day, you should reflect on this. QAQ]
[Throwing Cosmetics: I set an alarm clock, got up and waited for the live broadcast. Shit! Aaah! I’m looking forward to watching the live broadcast of the Upper Urban District with Mian Mian together. I was almost so excited that I didn’t fall asleep last night.]
[Vivian: Set alarm + 1]
[Human Wind and Moon: Aaaaaah! Upper Urban District! Aaaaaah! Aaah! Mianmian, Academy of Sciences!! I can’t!!!]
After yesterday’s round of spontaneous recommendations, within ten minutes, the number of people had gradually approached 10 million.
- Original: 彩虹屁. “彩虹” means “rainbow,” and “屁” means “flatulence.” Coined by Chinese netizens, this term describes the scenario where fans can see nothing but good in their idols. First catching on in 2017, this term jokingly points to the fact that in the eyes of a die-hard fan, even the bad-smelling flatulence from their idol can be compared to something as beautiful as a rainbow. In a word, this term is roughly equivalent to the English slang of “kissing one’s ass,” only in this case, the person who flatters another may have said their flatteries sincerely.
- 白球 = White Ball
- Arctic fox ball.
- Arctic Fox.
- Meat Filled Taro Dumplings