Demon King's Repayment - chapter 36
Before they went back, Yuan Xiang went to the grocery store and paid for the custom-made small round-handle brush.
“This is made from pig bristles. I especially asked them to use soft fur. It should feel comfortable. You should try it.”
It was a brush especially used for combing animal hair. Yuan Xiang tried it on the back of her hand first and made sure that the hardness was just right and then combed it along the hair on Nan He’s back.
With her years of experience in grooming, as long as the comb and the technique was appropriate, no animal with fur would dislike the benefits of combing. The slightly rough but soft hair comb. The feeling of scraping the skin carefully, could make the most arrogant kittens surrender.
It was a pity that Nan He did not show the expression of enjoyment as Yuan Xiang imagined.
He stared at the long-handled round brush with bristles and short hair in a daze, “Will you do it with that?”
After getting an affirmative answer, he turned his head away and his ears drooped in frustration.
“What’s the matter?” Yuan Xiang asked, “Maybe you will feel a little uncomfortable at first but you will definitely like it after I comb it for you several times.”
When they were about to get home, the sky started to pour again.
“Why is it raining lately?” Yuan Xiang ran towards the house.
Passing around the street, from a distance she saw the back of a woman holding a purple bamboo umbrella standing outside the gate of the yard and Yun Niang standing at the threshold to bid her farewell.
The woman wore a beautifully embroidered dress, bowed slightly towards Yun Niang and then left in the direction of Celestial Wolf mountain.
“Shiniang, I’m back.” Yuan Xiang ran all the way to the door.
“Oh, look at you.” Yun Niang held an umbrella and brought them close to the house. “There is hot water in the kitchen, so go and take a wash. Take care. Don’t catch a cold.”
“Shiniang, who was it just now?” Yuan Xiang put Nan He on the floor of the eaves.
“She was your friend. Her name is Ah Teng. She said that she has been helped by Shifu and you. She specially sent some thanks.” She mentioned a gift that she had just received.
“It’s Ah Teng?” Yuan Xiang chased the gate with surprise and joy, raising her eyes to look into the distance at the rain and fog of the green mountains. The slim figure holding the bamboo umbrella at the foot of Celestial Wolf mountain had walked far and gradually disappeared into the mist of the wild trail.
In the yard, Yun Niang squatted in front of Nan He, uncovered the leaves on the blue basket. There was thick matsutake in the turquoise basket and the roots were still covered with fresh mud. Nan He leaned his head to take a look.
“Oh, she is so polite. It’s so fresh. It looks like it’s just picked from the mountain.” Yun Niang said happily.
“It’s matsutake, this stew is fragrant.” Yuan Xiang picked up a fat matsutake and clicked on Nan He’s nose. “Nan He, Ahh Teng, she still remembers to come back to see us.”
Nan He moved his nose and couldn’t imagine the deliciousness of such mushrooms.
Yuan Xiang took a comfortable hot bath and came out of the house while wiping her hair. The rain outside the house was already heavy, falling from the eaves, it formed a curtain of water droplets. The rain in winter was very cold and there was too much water to drain in the yard. A group of yellow chicks wanted to follow their mother to jump on the hanging-foot fence to avoid the rain, but they couldn’t reach them because of their short-legged little wings and they fluttered their little wings in a hurry.
Nan He was standing in the rain, swiftly throwing the fluffy chicks one by one. The chick that went up rolled on the ground and quickly chased to the mother chicken who was hiding far away. The chicks who hadn’t gone up tweeted to Nan He. These little guys who were born not long ago, if soaked in a winter rain, they may not survive the night.
Yuan Xiang ran over and reached out from the eaves to help pull the chickens up. She finally caught the wet Nan He.
She took off the towel from her neck, put it on Nan He’s head and quickly rubbed him into a messy hair ball.
“Xiao Nan, you are really good lately.” Yuan Xiang brought the wet hair dumpling back to the house, “Are all the wounds on your body healed? Show me, okay?”
Since Xiao Nan He recovered his mobility, he no longer agreed to Yuan Xiang turning him over and treating the wound on his belly. Yuan Xiang felt very sorry.
Sure enough, as soon as the white ball heard these words, it quickly pressed the bottom of his body and became alert.
He only said two words, which were short. Yuan Xiang heard a kind of embarrassment from it for some reason.
“Then I will give you a hot bath? You see you are all wet,” Yuan Xiang said.
The little wolf couldn’t stand it even more. He sprang up and ran out. Yuan Xiang quickly held the back of his neck with her hands, “Don’t run, don’t run, I was just kidding. I’ll wipe it for you, I promise not to make any extra moves.”
She fetched a tub of hot water, first washed his face with a towel, wiped his ears and then lifted his white and thin hands, put him in the hot water and carefully opened the gap between them to clean him.
While he was slowly relaxing, she lifted his neck and put the little wolf into the small tub.