Chapter 189: Let’s Run, Fox (V)
That night, the well-fed Mutu spent the night at Yanu’s home. When he woke up the next morning, Yanu was already gone with the hunting group. But he had left behind a bowl of bean congee and a couple of stymph eggs that were clearly for Mutu.
Yanu was an outsider beastmen of the lion tribe. With his pessimistic nature, birth defect and his male gender, he had a rather low status within the tribe. So the work he did day-to-day were the hardest ones. Before dawn each day, he had to go hunt. After he got back, he still needed to rammed earth, working on casting, weaving and so on. When it hits night he will finally be able to get a small amount of food and be freed to do whatever he wanted. If he still had energy after all of that, he could go out and hunt for himself. The food he hunts at the point would not need to be turned in.
Mutu finally realized this point when he left Yanu’s residence. The food he ate last night was probably hunted with the bit of time he squeezed out of his busy schedule. Although his fox couldn’t speak, he was considerate and gentle and always moving forward.
When Mutu returned to his house, a lioness was waiting for him with a bowl of steamed meat. Taking notice of his return, the lioness immediately walked up to him beaming, “Chief, I’m here with food for you.”
Mutu looked at the food she held and waved his hand, “I already ate, you can divy it up with the others.”
The Lion King has control over the food division. He would be the first to choose the hunted prey and then distribute the rest to the other members of the tribe. The former Lion King even had his own storage. Not only did it stockpile food, it also contained the most beautiful pottery, beast fangs, animal shells, weapons and other rare things.
After Mutu became the new Lion King, he had distributed most of the stuff within to the other members according to their contribution.
From his point of view, everything else was worthless aside from food and weapons.
Mutu did not bother himself with the lioness and he headed for the prison. He planned to thoroughly interrogate those captives. But a young lion in charge of keeping watch of the prison immediately rushed up to him when he arrived to deliver bad news, “Chief, something bad happened! Those four captives all died.”
“They died?” Mutu entered and saw the four avanis with their slashed throat and berated, “Didn’t I tell you guys to watch over them? How did they die?”
The young lion rubbed the back of his head as he muttered, “We watched over them all night. We also don’t know how they got killed.”
“Who visited the prison last night?” Mutu asked.
The young lion thought a bit and answered, “Just Qiaoge.
Qiaoge was the witch doctor’s son, he had a very good relationship with Xite. After a round of questions, Mutu got a sense of the events. Qiaoge suddenly invited the prison guards to food last night, leaving the prison without anyone watching. The avanis was probably killed within that time frame.
They couldn’t really be blamed for neglecting their duties either; since from their point of view, the avanis were pretty much dead. On the contrary, they might not understand why Mutu wanted to keep them alive. They killed so many of their tribesmen, even if someone snuck in and killed it, it wasn’t something worth questioning.
Mutu knew that he couldn’t investigate down this line anymore. Although he was the Chief, he couldn’t expel or kill his tribesmen without reason, plus the person in question was his brother. The only person who could testify against Xite right now was Yanu. But Yanu was mute and had a low status within the tribe. Pushing him to the center of attention without preparation would just make him be the target of criticism and bring him trouble.
He will deal with everything once he reaches adulthood! Determination flashed through Mutu’s eyes.
After dealing with the funeral arrangements, everyone started to prepare for Mutu’s adulthood ceremony. The Lion King’s adulthood ceremony was naturally a big event. No matter if it was Mutu or the other young tribesmen, they were all looking forward to it. This was not only the first large-scale celebration of the new Lion King, it was also the first time the other young lions were able to freely choose a partner.
Before the ceremony, the Lion King needs to hunt a beast and use its beautiful fur as a manifestation of his identity and position during the day of ceremony.
“Fox, come with me to the northern forest today.” Recently, whenever Mutu went out he would take along Shang Ke. His clear intimacy immediately let others know that this mute beastmen was being favored.
As the one who stayed by the Lion King the whole time he was injured, being favored was natural. Although they were unhappy, the attitude of the rest of the tribe was a lot better to Shang Ke. At least it wasn’t as uncooperative as before.
Mutu left the tribe with Shang Ke and headed north. But a portion of the way there, they suddenly changed directions and made many detours until they ended up going south.
Shang Ke understood that this was him learning his past lesson and no longer leaked his destination as before.
“Fox, what kind of beast do you think I should hunt to demonstrate my power?”
You can skin yourself. I guarantee it will show your power and greatness.
Shang Ke looked at his head full of curly hair and imagined his limbs being spread out and hung on a wall. Oh, it seems to be rather manly and sexy.
Mutu glanced at the large tail swaying from the corner of his eye and suddenly asked, “How about a white demon?”
The white demons were a rare animal that looked part tiger and part leopard. They had large bodies and fur white as snow. But the fur on their faces was pitch black and looked especially fierce. They were nocturnal animals and hard to track.
What Mutu fancied was their rarity and their pure white pelt.
After determining their target, they started to look for the white demon’s tracks.
According to survival instincts, animals would usually move about in environments that would match their fur color. Shang Ke assumed the white demons did the same.
White demons were omnivores; aside from meat, they liked a wild flower called cloud stump. A certain area in the south grew a lot of those.
The two of them made their way to that area and hid within the cluster of flowers, patiently waiting for a white demon. They were not sure if one would really appear, so they decided to stay and wait for one for three days. If one did not show up in three days, they will switch targets.
The night was silent aside from the cold wind blowing by with flower petals in its wake. Shang Ke who lied waiting within the flowers suddenly felt a puff of air on his nape.
Shang Ke felt itchy and instinctively used his tail to block it. Immediately, a heavy object squashed him and buried into his tail. He had even rubbed against his tail a few times.
Shang Ke: …Was this really the time to play with his tail? Just who was it that said they wanted to hunt a white demon? Can’t you be more serious!
Mutu animatedly ‘studied’ Shang Ke’s tail. He would even wrap it around his neck from time to time.
Shang Ke: Are you a lion or a cat?! Put down my tail, otherwise, don’t blame me for clawing you!
As if he had heard his thoughts, Mutu placed down his tail and started to ‘explore’ his body. He clung close to him and sniffed him all over. When he was happy with his sniffing, he would take a bite then lick it.
Shang Ke tensed his body as he remained motionless through everything. When the hand reached the base of his tail was when he finally used his tail to wack Mutu’s arm a few times. But his fluffy tail lacked any offense and only teased at Mutu’s heart.
Mutu started to breathe heavily and got so close he was pretty much pressing him into the ground and rubbed against him.
Shang Ke’s anger was also stroked by his actions as his body became more sensitive.
When he was wondering if they should act out a battle in the wild, a white figure suddenly flashed through a cluster of flowers close by.
Shang Ke’s ears twitched and looked over there. It was the white demon they had been waiting for the entire time.
Shang Ke elbowed the man on his back, hinting at him to prepare.
But unexpectedly not only did he not move away, he raised his tail and started to do something against his butt.
Their actions caused all sorts of rustling sound and aroused the white demon’s attention.
Lying on top of Shang Ke, Mutu locked on his prey within the gaps of the flower clusters. At the same time, he did not forget to hold the ‘prey’ within his arms tightly.
Shang Ke sensed that Mutu was in hunting mode while the object by his butt was also ready for action.
Mutu was certain that his fox wouldn’t resist at this time so he even more brazenly pushed aside his culottes to do some more intimate touching with him.
As he had expected, Yanu didn’t do anything but he was tense. Mutu licked his neck in an attempt to placate him.
They were both male and of differing species. Having his fox immediately accept him was a bit problematic. But Mutu felt that having their bodies get along was the foundation of spurring their emotions. As bold and unconstrained beastmen, they should naturally use such a bold and unconstrained way to pursue their partner.
Time slowly passed under such silent commotion. Mutu’s invasion had already gone from being handsy outside of Shang Ke’s pants to fondling his body inside of his pants. They did not dare to make too much noise to avoid startling away the white demon.
Soft panting buried into the cluster of flowers as two hot bodies fitted together. Sweat and the smell of their activities was scattered to the air by the wind.
The white demon twitched its nose as it guardedly looked around. It quickly ran and disappeared into the night.
Shang Ke’s tail raised and smacked Mutu’s face without pause.
His back immediately lightened as Mutu shot forward like an arrow and chased after the white demon.
Shang Ke gracefully jumped up and followed.
When he made it to the scene, Mutu was already fighting the white demon. Their figures crossed each other in the night followed by the rustling of leaves and the strong wind.
Mutu caught sight of Shang Ke and his muscles immediately puffed. He smashed a fist down on the white demon’s head and knocked it out. Then he raised his head and roared, his golden hair standing on its end as he scared away all the other animals in the vicinity. He fully showcased his domineering spirit.
Shang Ke: According to studies on animal behavior, when males request females to become mates, they would show their most majestic side… So… he is trying to…
Mutu pulled Shang Ke into his arms, bent down and gave him a big kiss. With one hand holding the white demon and the other around the waist of his fox, he high-spiritedly headed back to the tribe.
SnowTime: This be Shang Ke.