The three days are short or long. Aze needs to do some preparation work before the wedding, such as trying on clothes and pasting couplets. At that time, Chen Qi became very hairy. He had to paste the happy character again if it was slightly crooked. When trying on clothes, Aze's hairstyle didn't match his suit. He also cut Aze's hair with a sword-horn knife.
Because Azhang had left all the food he had stored to his people, the prey he hunted during this time was not enough for him and Ali to survive this winter, so today, taking advantage of the fine weather, he could only hunt in the forest by himself.
At ordinary times, Azhang and Aze go to the forest in a division of labor. Azhang is responsible for hunting, Aze is responsible for finding all kinds of plants that can be eaten and cutting down firewood. Now a hill-like pile of firewood has been piled up in the yard, because it is not clear whether Chen Qi needs to use the firewood elsewhere. The firewood Aze has cut down is all piled up in the same place, and will be split for use when needed.
Because there is no day in the month, Azhang told the other party that he must come back early today when he went out in the morning. Azhang naturally agreed to Azhang's words. But this day until it became completely dark, I haven't seen Azhang.
"Why don't I look for it?" Looking at Ali walking up and down in a hurry in front of the door, Aze suggested.
"No, wait and see." Ali refused, saying that even though he knew Aze was strong, it would not be wise to enter the forest on a moonless day in winter.
Fortunately, Azhang came back soon. Today, he was rarely seen bringing back his prey. Instead, he brought back more than a dozen sticks of firewood. Not only has Ali been worried about, even Chen Qi has discovered that there is something wrong with Azhang.
Ali rushed up to help unload the firewood from Azhang's shoulder and returned to the house to fill the other party with a bowl of warm ginger syrup. Azhang took the bowl but did not drink it in a hurry. instead, he looked around at all the people around him. finally, he turned his eyes on Ali and said with a heavy look, "the dolphin dragon outside the forest has disappeared."
The look of all the Beastmen except Chen Qi sank when he heard the news. The disappearance of the dolphin dragon is not the first occurrence, but an inevitable event every year, but what worries everyone is that the dolphin dragon disappeared too early this year.
The reason why it disappeared rather than left was that the dolphin dragon was different from when it first came to the periphery in the early winter. It disappeared almost overnight without any footprints or traces, just like it had never appeared in Loya forest.
However, in previous years, the dolphin and dragon will disappear in the middle of summer. This winter, the dolphin and dragon will disappear before the end of half of the winter. You know, animals on the Dora Plain will not migrate back next year. There will be no prey for a year. How will the beast and dragon spend the summer? If the dolphin dragon does not appear again in the coming winter, how will the winter survive?
"Did the dolphin dragon have no other animals?" Chen Qi, who came down from the air, obviously could not feel the worries of the beast people.
"The only thing missing is the dolphin dragon." Azhang replied, "Other dragons are still there, but dolphin dragons are huge ones that can be hunted by one person. Other dragons will not have a high success rate unless several people cooperate in hunting, and they will also suffer heavy casualties."
Chen Qi wondered if you turned to ask Aze, "Didn't you hunt two antelope last time?"
Aze shook his head. "The speed of the antelope is too fast for the beast people to catch up with. It takes luck to hunt the antelope."
"and I'm worried . . ." Azhang paused, a full face of sorrow. "even this winter, I can't get into the forest. when I came back, I saw several locust dragons gathering together and even saw the trail of stegosaurus outside the forest."
The scope of stegosaurus' activities is only in the center of the forest. It is abnormal enough for solitary locust dragons to gather together. Now they can even see the figure of stegosaurus. Everyone was silent.
Aze looked at Chen Qi, hesitated for a moment and said to Azhang, "Uncle Azhang, don't go to the forest this winter. We have stored enough food this year, and we have returned from hunting this winter, which is enough for several of us to finish the winter."
Azhang looked at Aze with a somewhat complicated look, then at Chen Qi. He found that Chen Qi did not respond to Aze's request to share the food. He was about to say what Ali grabbed his arm. "It's so decided. We'll look at the food after winter."
Chen Qi thought for a moment and proposed, "Since we no longer need to go out into the forest, we can seal the front and rear doors of the fence and only set up wooden ladders long enough inside, so that even if dragons pass by, it will be safer."
Everyone else nodded in agreement that the height of the fence was not an obstacle to the jumping ability of the females. Azhang saw that the people had already decided to stop being melodramatic and wanted to oppose it. He immediately lit the oil lamp, moved enough snow outside overnight, sealed the front and back wooden doors, and buried sharpened stakes in the periphery.
The preparations for the wedding had already been made. After the wall was finished, everyone temporarily forgot the threat of the forest and looked forward to the wedding ceremony they had never seen before.
Looking at the white ice wall surrounded by four thorough and solid walls, Chen Qi was very glad that he had surrounded the yard large enough. If it had been surrounded closer, it would not have made any difference to the prison. However, Chen Qi is a person who can live in a house, but he is not worried about any discomfort. He has come to this world only a few times, and now he just continues to live like this.
On the morning of the 1st of the 1st of the month, when it was still completely dark, Chen Qi got up. It was better to say that he had been too nervous to sleep all night since last night. See Chen Qi get up, Aze also silently climb up.
Chen Qi changed all the sheets on the heated kang bed into newly-made red quilts, and then began to prepare food.
The taste of the rice berries picked after winter is a bit like that of glutinous rice, but it will have a little astringency, which is quite different from the sweet rice aroma before winter. Although it is only the first attempt, Chen Qi opened several rice berries and put them by the fire with pottery before going to bed last night, and dried the water by the temperature of the fire. Although it is not completely dry at the moment, it is ready for use.
Chen Qi mixed the boiled sugar water into the rice berry and kneaded it. It was a hard work. He got it for a while and then let Aze take over. Chen Qi went to prepare the fried food.
Chen Qi was setting up what he needed when he heard Ka Luo shouting outside the door, "Chen Qi, are you up yet?"
Chen Qi wiped his hands and went to open the door. The door had already been installed with a heavy wooden door. There was also a thick skin curtain outside the door. The temperature in the morning was relatively low. Ka Luo stamped his feet with cold. As soon as he saw Chen Qi open the door, he couldn't wait to run into the warm room.
"Why are you the only one today? Where's Ake?"
Ka Luo warmed up before the fire. "Ake has been having more lethargy these past two days. I'll let him sleep a little longer. I think the curtains of your window are open and I want to come early to see if there is anything I can do for you."
The windows of Ka Luo's house and Chen Qi's house are facing each other. Chen Qi will open the curtains whenever he gets up. Ka Luo will know if they have already got up by looking at them at home. While the two were talking, Azhang and Ali also came. As Azhang was young and slept for a long time, Ali did not call him to come.
Azhang was sent by Chen Qi to work with Aze on the hard-working dough kneading. Ali and Ka Luo were responsible for frying meatballs and French fries one by one. The prepared food was kept warm on a newly-made wooden shelf by the fire.
Chen Qi ground the small handful of mung beans brought by Ajing before, and Chen Qi, the first piece of dough kneaded by Ah Ze, planned to make glutinous rice balls first. Glutinous rice balls have two flavors, one is original flavor, the other is a dough made by mixing steamed sweet potato paste, which is wrapped with mung bean flour with sugar crumbs, rolled into small balls, and then steamed in a pottery dish over water.
After the other dough was kneaded, Chen Qi kneaded the dough into a suitable weight and kneaded it into the shape of bread. Aze found a piece of cloth to cover the dough and put it aside for the dough to ferment for a while. When Ka Luo finished all the fried food, Chen Qi took out the burning wood in the hearth, leaving only the red charcoal inside. Chen Qi scratched the dough with a sword-horn knife, then placed it on a thick piece of wood, the area of which can only be placed three at a time. Chen Qi put on leather gloves for protection, put the wood with dough into the hearth, and then sealed the hearth mouth with wood boards.
Chen Qi made bread for the first time, and he didn't know what the effect would be. He didn't know if the temperature was enough when using the stove as an oven, and he didn't know if the dough would grow well without yeast, but he still tried to make it.
When the sun came out, Ake also came. His eyes were still half narrowed, and he looked as if he had not waked up yet. Upon entering the door, he saw that the tall wooden shelf on the third floor by the fire was filled with freshly baked food. He picked up a white glutinous rice ball and stuffed it into the entrance. "How do you make so much food today? Can you finish it?"
"It looks good even if you can't finish it." Chen Qi smiled, life's only wedding, luxury once does not matter.
"This is delicious, but sweet." Ake picked up another orange-yellow glutinous rice ball mixed with mashed sweet potatoes. "How is this sweeter?"
"Chen Qi, I smell the fragrance." Ka Luo squatted on the hearth waved to Chen Qi. Because Chen Qi cooked the bread or put it in the hearth, Ka Luo was curious and squatted in front of the hearth to watch as soon as he finished his work.
Chen Qi went over to remove the wood board at the hearth, then put on gloves and took out the wood with bread. A sweet smell of familiar bread poured into the nasal cavity. Chen Qi could not help but cut a piece with a sword knife and gave it to the people to taste. Well, it was a bit crisp, a bit hard, a bit sweet, not delicious, but not bad.
Chen Qi asked Aze to pick out the red-hot charcoal from the fire and put it on the hearth, then take out a few milk fruits, coat the remaining dough with milk fruit liquid, and then continue to put it in for baking.
After tasting the bad taste of bread, Ka Luo lost interest in this kind of food and went back to the fire to make other food that he thought was delicious. During this period, he learned a lot of food practices with Chen Qi and rarely had the chance to eat all at once. Ka Luo naturally had to show himself.
While Chen Qi took advantage of the fact that his hands were almost full, he took Aze back to his room to change his clothes.
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