Chapter 33 “The World of Three People”
The news brought by the snow beauty have left everyone speechless. Feeling his heart going heavy, Du Wei frowned and began musing over the issue.
A monster that can not only easily swallow a dragon whole, it can also beat a mage of the eighth level along with her pet!
Leaving the two sisters alone, Du Wei went by himself to the shoreline in order to catch his breath and let the cool breeze of the ocean waves cool his upset mind.
Hmm, monster…… A place that suppresses magic… No food, no fresh water……
Sighing, Du Wei murmured to himself, “Seems like that’s the only way then…”
Making up his mind, he turns back towards the wooded area where the sisters were staying. Upon his return though, he came to find the two girls stuck in a intensive argument over something.
Ugh, maybe the word “arguing” wasn’t the correct word here because only the snow beauty was yapping away the entire time. Basically, with Vivian’s constant stuttering issue, it’s simply impossible to start a war of words with her.
“You should have given me that damn goblin! You know what? That old man doesn’t even know where we are now, and you still expect him to come rescue you? Humph……”
“What’s the matter?” Du Wei walked over. Taking a quick glance at Vivian, he can see how aggrieved this teary girl was when she returned his gaze with those weeping red eyes, “No-nothing.”
“I say, what’s the matter with you two sisters? One is as honest as a young fledgling while the other is as violent as a mother dragon.” Sitting down, Du Wei took the initiative to start stacking the branches by himself in preparation of a bonfire.
Snorting at his words, the snow beauty kept quiet. Although she was a bit annoyed by Du Wei’s boldness, but as her lifesaver and the fact that she promised to leave him alone, she can only suppress that temper of hers over his insolence.
First glancing at her sister, then back at Du Wei, Vivian eventually decided to shift her body closer to Du Wei instead of her own blood.
Noticing this, the snow beauty made a disgruntled sound and said: “What a villain, abducting young girls.”
Not backing down, Du Wei promptly returned his own insult: “And you’re any better? Female robber who steals other people’s goods.”
Infuriated, the snow beauty was just about to lose her temper when a discordant sound instantly dissipated the entire mood.
Du Wei couldn’t hold his laughter in anymore. Making an indecipherable smile, he looks toward the snow beauty with accusing eyes.
Flushing red, the anger on her face greatly subsided, leaving only thirty percent of it to anger and the remaining to her own embarrassment. Showing this form of shyness on her face, this brutish woman no longer seemed so scary to the rest.
“Eh……That’s strange, did I hear it wrong, what’s that noise? Could it be the howling of the island monster?” Du Wei deliberately raised his voice so she can hear him.
The face of the snow beauty turned even redder, so red that it looked like blood could be drawn from them. Gnashing her teeth, she glared at Du Wei and whispered, “It’s… It’s me!”
“You?” Du Wei deliberately widened his eyes.
“……” The snow beauty felt like her lung was about to explode due to anger, finally she shouted “It’s me! I’m starving! The sky is almost dark! Don’t you all need to eat?”
“Eat? Of course we do.” Du Wei lazily stretched his body and said: “If there’s food, I would most certainly like to eat.”
Meanwhile, Vivian on the side touched her pocket and started rummaging through its content. As the snow beauty popped her eyes at the object, what Vivian pulled out was a strange black looking plant root. In a whispering tone, she offered up the thing, “Sis-sister…… if you are hungry, you can eat this first.”
“What is that?” Cried the snow beauty with a frown. Then without indication, she became furious and jumped up, scowling at Du Wei: “Bastard! This is the kind of stuff you let my sister eat, this plant root??!!”
Du Wei coldly retorted, “Its fine if you don’t want to eat this, you can starve then.”
The snow beauty’s temper got deeper: “Asshole, couldn’t you just go catch some wild animals?”
Du Wei laughed: “Animal? If you can catch one then I will worship you as the almighty goddess. Oh great one, please, go for it!”
Secretly tugging the snow beauty on the side, Vivian whispered: “Sister……This island has nothing at all……”
By now Du Wei has already turned his body around, his voice unconcerned: “You decide, either eat this or you can go hungry. When tomorrow rolls around and you have no strength due to starvation, then I might as well take the opportunity to exact my revenge and kick you into the sea.”
Unlike other threats he can muster, this speech was more effective than anything else.
Grabbing the plant roots from Vivian’s hand, the snow beauty stuffed it into her mouth and chewed vigorously at the tough fibers.
The more she chew, the more she frowned. Never in her life did she taste something so awful!
My goddess, can’t believe a person like I…. is forced to eat grass. Am I a horse, or a cow?!
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She got angrier as she ate, but her speed also increased as a result. After all, her tummy simply couldn’t bear the hungering calls. Incredibly, in no time at all, the roots were all gone. The taste may be bland and unattractive, but she did find her hungering belly a bit fuller than before.
Looking at Vivian, she asked, “Is there more?”
“……No more.” Vivian looked helpless.
“……No more?” The snow beauty became rattled from the shocking news.
What has this world come to! She can tolerate the fact that there’s no meat or fish, but she can’t even get a full belly from eating roots?
“Listen up.” Du Wei turned around, his sight cold as he glared at the snow beauty: “I think you need to understand our current situation some more!
We are on an island with nothing to eat and nothing to drink! Do you know the thing you just ate is the food ration Vivian saved from today’s forage? Do you know that in order to get that thing I had to run around searching for the whole afternoon? And you? You just sat there and ate what you were given. You ate all of your sister’s food and you didn’t even feel guilty about it. Not even a little bit appreciative. Instead, the only thing you did is complain…… Let me tell you, if you ever feel hungry you have to find your own food! So, I hope you won’t be taking other people’s food tomorrow. On here, no one is a noble, not you, not me, not Vivian! No one has to serve you!!”
Supposedly, Du Wei’s impolite expression would’ve made this snow beauty very angry and likewise shame her with that accusing tone.
However… in front of Du Wei’s serious face, this girl found herself unable to utter a single word to refute him. This weak young boy, she can knock him down with a single kick, but at this moment she can only feel a drench of guilt that she can’t shirk off…. Yes, its guilt! So guilty that she couldn’t look him in the eyes.
For the first time in her life, the snow beauty suddenly found that she didn’t have a single ounce of courage to face that type of impolite exhortation. The weak young boy standing in front of her, his sight may be calm and indifferent, his body may be thin from the darkness, but to her eyes, he was as big as a hulking tree!
“I… I understand, It… It wasn’t my intention to eat all of Vivian’s food, I……” The snow beauty only managed to utter half her sentence before her tone grew so weak that she couldn’t recognize it herself.
Why do I have to give in to this kid!?
Smiling at his own achievement, Du Wei gently turned around to look up into the sky where there’s not a single star to be seen due to the fog.
Sighing: “Sleep, we still have lots to do tomorrow.”
Adding several more branches into the fire to keep it going, Du Wei’s sight fell onto the quiet Vivian to the side. Feeling his heart go soft, his hand automatically extended out to pat the poor girl on the head: “Silly girl, are you hungry?”
Vivian was shocked at first, shaking her head, then followed by an embarrassingly nod.
“Sorry, I’m the only man in here, I should be taking care of you.” Du Wei smiled bitterly: “Unfortunately, I am the one who makes you starve. Hmm, let’s do this, sleep for now, Imagine in your dream this island is a huge piece of cake and all the tresses around here is the candles. In your mind, you are laying atop of a sweet piece of cake…… Sleep, then you can have a big meal in your dream.”
Cake? Vivian eyes widened.
Du Wei had already turned his body away by this point, but Vivian still had her sight fixated on his back.
Du Wei awoke early the next morning.
Accurately speaking, he was awakened by his hunger. Yesterday he only ate some nasty little berries, sour and bitter. Atop of the acidic feeling in his stomach, he ended being tortured the entire night by the gaping sensation inside his intestines.
By the time he opened his eyes the snow beauty was also awake like him, her hands wrapped around her stomach as she sat there.
“Awake? Hungry?” Du Wei thought his words last night were a little harsh. In the end she’s still a woman stuck on a deserted island. He can’t be too harsh on her.
“I’m not hungry!” The snow beauty shook her head, obviously lying. Then she asked: “Where’s the water? I need to wash my face!”
“If you walk a little further out you will find the ocean.”
“……You want me to wash my face with sea water?” The snow beauty was shocked.
“I’m sorry, we only have a limited water supply, just enough for drinking.”
This time the snow beauty didn’t argue with him, instead, she just sighed and walked towards the seaside.
This morning Du Wei once again went out alone to forage for food, but unlike before though, the duration he spent scavenging was even longer for their numbers has expanded by one, meaning another mouth to feed. In the end, he managed to bring back a bunch of plant roots.
The snow beauty didn’t say a word this time. Taking a share, she ate it straightaway.
Du Wei smiled “Hey.”
“Actually……” Du Wei suddenly found this woman not to be so hateful…… From what he sees, she’s merely a child throwing a temper tantrum. Controlling his laughter: “Although the food is plain…… at least you can wash away the mud before you eat.”
Seeing the woman’s face turning dark again, Du Wei immediately changed the topic: “Now that we are trapped here together, we are technically companions in the same boat…… Yet I still don’t know your name.”
Then standing up, he performed a standard nobleman greeting by making a slight bow with one hand raised to his chest: “I am Du Wei Rowling; Son of Earl Raymond, current Patriarch of the Rowling family, Deputy Commander of the Imperial High Command.”
The snow beauty hesitated, it’s clear that she’s unwilling, but gave her name regardless: “My name is Joanna.”
Joanna……What a great name.
Vivian on the side looked at Du Wei and her sister, who are finally not arguing anymore, and added in another part: “You can…… you can also call her Jojo.”
Jojo…. What a weird name.
“Shut up Vivian!” Joanna shouted, then looked at Du Wei menacingly: “Only my parents can call me by that name. If you dare call me that you are dead.”
“OK.” Du Wei didn’t mind the threat, “Miss Joanna, now that we’re done knowing each other, it’s time for us to work.”
“Work? What work?”
Du Wei pulls away his smile and said: “We need to find a way to leave here, and I have just the idea in mind……”
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