Edited by RED
When Hanming’s injuries were all healed, he was summoned from Zhang Che’s spiritual sea, moving about energetically. Zhang Che immediately issued Hanming his first mission: catch a few big fish from the lake.
There were ordinary birds, insects, and animals in the beast world, too, but due to the exotic beasts hunting them without restraint, their amounts were on the smaller side.
However, seeing as the mountain they were on was surrounded by water on all sides, even if there weren’t many fish, there would be enough for them.
“I wonder what the fish in the beast world taste like. I hope the fishy smell isn’t too strong. With the little bit of spices we have here, they’ll be inedible if I can’t get rid of the smell.”
While waiting for the Cold Abyss Flood Dragon’s return, Zhang Che started building a bonfire in an open space.
The bonfire slowly burned brighter. Zhang Che went to chop some tree branches and built a rack, hanging his soaked clothes out to dry them.
Fortunately, Zhang Che had kept the spices and dry rations in the vacuum packaging. Otherwise, not only would he have no dinner tonight, he wouldn’t even have spices for roasting meat.
“I wonder if there’s space-attributed exotic beasts. It’s really troublesome not having a place to store things…”
In novels, weren’t spatial storage accessories a must-have item for the main character? Why hadn’t he even seen the shadow of one after coming here for so long?
While he was cursing inwardly, the Cold Abyss Flood Dragon returned, riding on a cloud of mist. His claws were holding two big fish, each about half a meter long. They resembled the freshwater fish found on Mercury; who knew what they tasted like?
There was no spring water on the mountain, and it was even more impossible for there to be a creek. Zhang Che could only get the Cold Abyss Flood Dragon working again, having him hold onto the fish with his claws and make a trip with Zhang Che to the mountainside, gutting and cleaning the fish using the clear lake water.
“Hmm? There’s not much fishy smell on them!” What surprised Zhang Che was that the fish found here only had a very mild fishy smell. His hands were bloodied after gutting the fish. Despite that, he didn’t notice much of an odor. There was basically no foul smell after adding some spices onto them and roasting them over the fire.
The night sky had turned fully dark by the time the two big fish hanging over the fire were fully cooked. Waves upon waves of tempting fragrance spread out, drawing Zhang Che into digging in.
He wasn’t afraid of the heat, tearing a piece off and putting it in his mouth. His eyes lit up at the taste.
“As expected of an all-natural, unpolluted environment! It tastes heavenly!” Zhang Che praised. Then, he noticed that two pairs of shining eyes were staring at him from the side. He glanced over, and, well, not only was the Gluttony Monkey drooling and looking at him with a face full of anticipation, even the Cold Abyss Flood Dragon’s mouth was open, his eyes filled with great desire.
“You’re gluttons, all of you!” Zhang Che sighed, shaking his head. He tore off a piece of roasted fish that was big enough to fill his stomach and gave the rest to his salivating pets.
However, after Zhang Che finished his piece of roasted fish that weighed a few kilograms, he suddenly realized something was wrong.
Before he started eating the fish, he was only feeling a little hungry, but it was still manageable. However, when he finished his share, not only did he not feel full, he felt even hungrier than before, to the point that it was unbearable, as if he had starved for three full days.
“Is this for real? Did my appetite increase after being altered by the demonic flower?” Zhang Che suddenly realized. It seemed logical. If he didn’t eat more, where would his herculean strength come from?
Feeling the unbearable hunger, Zhang Che shifted his gaze to the frisky monkey and Cold Abyss Flood Dragon. However, he discovered that these two gluttons had already finished their roasted fish and were looking at him as well.
“Alright, looks like we have to continue roasting fish tonight!” Zhang Che curled his lips. He directly brought his pets down to the watery area at the foot of the mountain. The Cold Abyss Flood Dragon was very self-aware and plunged into the water on his own initiative, leaving the two others watching by the shore.
The Cold Abyss Flood Dragon was a hegemon-like existence in these watery areas. It didn’t take much effort for him to catch a few more, returning to the surface after only a short while and tossing two big fish to Zhang Che, before diving back into the water.
Well, this hot-headed fellow also understood that two fish were not enough for them at all.
“Here, watch how I gut the fish. This will be your job from now on.”
If it was something the frisky monkey could do on his behalf, Zhang Che definitely wouldn’t do it himself. Who knew how many more fish they had to gut later on? He didn’t want to get the smell of fish all over on him. As mild as it might be, the odor was still there.
The frisky monkey could shoot arrows and pitch tents. Gutting fish would naturally not be an issue. After watching Zhang Che’s demonstration, he immediately took over the dagger and started working on another fish.
Knowing the frisky monkey’s learning ability, Zhang Che even handed over the job of roasting the fish to him in the end, while he himself was only responsible for giving the orders and watching the fire. It truly couldn’t get any easier.
During this night, the bonfire on the mountain burned until deep in the night.
On this night, the fish in the lake were in for a bad time. Who knew how many were caught by the Cold Abyss Flood Dragon?
Zhang Che was shocked to realize that he had been altered into a human-shaped monster by the demonic flower. Not only was his strength shocking, even his appetite had grown so big that he felt scared.
“I ate five freaking roasted fish in one go!”
This was truly a tragic truth. Although Zhang Che didn’t dare believe it, he had no choice but to accept this cruel reality.
The fish found in the beast world were extremely plump. Coupled with the fact that the Cold Abyss Flood Dragon only caught the biggest ones, Zhang Che estimated that the five fish he ate weighed no less than a hundred kilograms, even after subtracting the weight of their heads and bones!
That was comparable to Tienan’s weight…
Zhang Che really felt a deep sense of helplessness. He would surely have to spend much time in the future finding food. Swordsmanship and archery practice would take another chunk of his time… How troubling…
After eating his fill, what followed after was naturally a night of good sleep.
Zhang Che rose early the next morning and got the frisky monkey to pack his tent, ready to set off and leave this area.
The objective of his trip here was to get himself a powerful water-type beast. Zhang Che had already accomplished this mission, his results exceeding his expectation. Naturally he wouldn’t stay here any longer. After all, most water-based exotic beasts were too restrained, their strength falling drastically after leaving the waters.
After all, not every water-based exotic beast was comparable to the Cold Abyss Flood Dragon.
Even if it was a Cold Abyss Flood Dragon, its strength would fall greatly after leaving the water for too long. There was no way to guarantee its combat capability for the whole day.
Since that was the case, what meaning was there in continuing to hunt water-type exotic beasts?
Most importantly, Zhang Che didn’t want to continue eating fish for breakfast. He wanted to change things up a little. It’d be best if he could hunt a huge-sized exotic beast that was enough to fill all three of their stomachs.
After packing his things, Zhang Che sent the Gluttony Monkey and Cold Abyss Flood Dragon back to his spiritual sea, and jumped onto the Purple Jade Condor’s wide back. The condor pushed itself off the ground and beat its wings fiercely, heading to the northeast of the beast world.