Chapter 191: Let’s Run, Fox (VII)
After the adulthood ceremony, Mutu’s prestige within the tribe was visibly higher. The tribesmen’s attitude to him subtly became more respectful. Shang Ke was also gradually accepted by most of the lions due to the favor the Lion King bestows upon him. He no longer needed to do the most laborious work, instead his time was arranged by Mutu.
As the Lion King, Mutu did not need to go out and hunt each day. His main duty was to defend the tribe and protect his people. But Mutu was not someone who would just sit and let the days pass by. He was someone that believed that only battle could let someone grow and become even stronger.
Ever since they had used the loch bulls to drive away the avanis, Mutu’s interest in bullmanship was piped. He keenly sensed that this was a new way to fight and was a very strong one. As such, he decided to personally try and tame a bull to make a bull-riding battle squad.
The avanis have massacred his tribesmen and infringed on his territory, there was no way Mutu could let them off. But winter was quickly arriving and they became busy with stocking food. They had neither time nor energy to get revenge at the moment.
The winter season of Kaloch Mountain was very strange. Cold temperature and lack of food were secondary worries, the main worry were the dangerous ice tornadoes. Ice tornadoes were like miniature whirlwinds, they came without warning and left without warning. As long as someone was touched by them, they would immediately be frozen into a popsicle. No matter how large a creature was, they couldn’t live in the face of an ice tornado. The only way to survive was one word—run.
As such, the animals of Kaloch Mountain rarely ventured out during the winter season. Especially in the final month when the ice tornadoes were the most active.
Although lion beastmens like to eat meat, they would also eat vegetables when they were low on food.
In order to survive the winter months, Shang Ke started to plant a couple fields around his house. He transplanted edible wild vegetables, fruits and herbs. He did not find any fields around the tribe’s territory, which meant they were not good at agriculture.
In the Hundred Training Space, the first subject Shang Ke had to go through was identification of common plants of various worlds. Just that subject alone took a long time to learn. Although it was a single skill he was learning, he had to grasp the knowledge of other worlds. This was also why he would always use years to learn every skill.
“Fox, don’t play with your plants anymore, come with me. I found another herd of loch bulls.” Mutu excitedly shouted for Shang Ke at the fence.
Shang Ke put things in order then took his weapon and followed him.
These past dozen days, Mutu had been trying to domesticate the loch bulls but none of his expectations became reality. The scent of lions made the loch bulls feel fear. No matter how he tried to entice them or use hard means, they were completely unable to obey him.
Shang Ke had an idea, but he wasn’t sure if he could succeed so he did not tell him for the time being.
The two got near the herd and Mutu immediately used a rope to catch a bull skillfully. Then he started his battle with the bull.
Shang Ke sat in a tree, enjoying the sight of a ‘heroic beauty’ being thrown all over the place while he also remained alert to their surroundings.
He discovered a destroyed trap a small distance away when he looked away. Messy footsteps remained around the trap.
Shang Ke slipped off the tree and went to the trap. He looked down and found a calf inside, crying in panic to the outside world.
Shang Ke took off the rope on his waist and tied one around the tree trunk. He then held the rope and jumped down the trap to tie it around the calf.
He used his hands to estimate the calf’s weight. He should be a couple hundred pounds at least, which meant there was no way Shang Ke could get him up by himself. He was about to try and get Mutu’s attention when Mutu’s head popped overhead.
Without needing Shang Ke to explain, Mutu took the rope and his muscles bursted considerably as he pulled up both the calf and Shang Ke.
Before Shang Ke could gain his balance he was picked up by Mutu and deeply kissed. Then he heard him say, “We will eat roasted beef today.”
Shang Ke: “……”
In the end, Shang Ke did not make roasted beef, instead, he chose to take this calf home and raise it.
“Mhm, we can catch a few more calves and raise them at home. Then we will have fresh meat to eat in the winter.” Mutu was able to come up with quite a few ideas seeing him take the calf home. But raising livestock wasn’t an easy affair. A couple were still manageable, if it was tens to hundreds of them, feeding them would become a problem. Once winter arrived, no one would dare to go out and gather fodder.
Mutu also seems to have realized this point as he immediately shook his head, “Let’s think about that after this winter passes.”
The two of them took out dried meat and ate a simple lunch. Then Mutu prepared to fight with the loch bulls again.
Shang Ke flopped onto the grass and mentally roasted Mutu while watching him bullfight so spiritedly: Every single time this guy was done fighting a bull, he took it home and turned it into food. According to the boorish way of how this guy straight up ate someone without even leaving a bone behind, he would never be able to tame a loch bull.
Shang Ke stood back up to see if he could find some new plants that would be suitable for planting.
Mutu heard his footsteps and looked over. Shang Ke unhurriedly walked into the woods, his large tail swaying behind him and Mutu’s eyes unconsciously started moving with it.
Watching how Shang Ke was about to leave, Mutu rushed to him like a whirlwind and pounced on him into the bushes. Then he pulled off his pants, spread his legs and went straight in.
Shang Ke grunted from the sudden entry and anger rose in his heart. He used his tail to slap Mutu’s chest in silent protest.
Mutu saw how uncomfortable he was and immediately slowed down to patiently comfort his body and help him relax. A short moment later, Shang Ke was placed against a tree and Mutu held him by the waist as he continued his activities…
The two of them finally returned to the tribe when the sun fell.
Mutu was bare to the waist, showing his healthy and full muscles and the various messy scars along his body.
Shang Ke wore Mutu’s animal hide top. It was rather large on him so it outlined his petite figure even more.
The nearby beastmen all revealed understanding smiles at their states. They were all battle experts, they could tell from the traces left behind on their bodies and the state of their clothes to know how fierce the ‘battle’ was. With Mutu’s endurance, people were already beyond impressed that Shang Ke could still walk.
The two of them also brought back two loch bulls. The adult one was used as food while the calf was going to be raised by Shang Ke.
Mutu had thought that Shang Ke was going to treat that calf as winter food, he didn’t expect that he would raise the calf very carefully. Not only did Shang Ke gave the calf tasty food each day, he gave him baths and massages, and he even went to bed with it!
That loch bull was so ugly, his fur was also so coarse and he was timid. Just where was he worth his fox’s care? Even him, the Chief of this tribe did not enjoy such treatment!
Mutu was thoroughly angered.
That night when he returned to his room, he shedded all clothes and intensely requested Shang Ke to help him bathe, massage him and sleep with him!
Shang Ke first calmly appreciated his body, then he nodded.
Mutu smiled widely in satisfaction. He watched as Shang Ke poured warm water into a stone pool, tested the water temperature, then waved a hand at him.
Mutu immediately ran over and happily plunged into the water, causing the water to splash everywhere. By the time he turned around, he was treated to the sight of Shang Ke leaving the room.
“Fox, a massage too!” He immediately shouted at his leaving figure.
There was no response outside. But a moment later, he saw Shang Ke come back while leading the calf.
Mutu asked in shock, “Why did you bring him with you?”
Shang Ke smiled at him, then led the trembling calf into the pool.
Mutu had a face of disbelief. His fox actually wanted him to take a bath with this calf! Where was his dignity as a Lion King!
The calf’s fur all stood on the end from Mutu’s glare. It fearfully hid in the corner and cried to Shang Ke.
Shang Ke sat by the pool, allowing the calf to lean his head on his legs as he gently stroke his back to placate it.
A short moment later, the calf finally quieted down. He continued to rest his head on Shang Ke’s leg as he snuck peeks at that fearful huge monster in the same pool as him.
Seeing how this guy had seized the fox leg that should belong to him, Mutu furiously swam over and rudely pushed him away and placed his own head where the calf had been resting.
The calf was angered, but he did not dare to express it to Mutu. so he could only turn to the other side and take Shang Ke’s other leg.
Shang Ke looked at the two heads on his legs and wanted to laugh.
“Fox, massage!” Mutu rudely spoke with an angry undertone.
Shang Ke’s position was inconvenient for massaging right now, so he also slid into the pool and had Mutu rest on the pool edge. He then started to pinch and knead his shoulders and back.
Mutu closed his eyes as a satisfied purr left him. His tensed muscles gradually relaxed as his golden hair also smoothed out.
That calf had been nervously sticking to Shang Ke, but once he saw how relaxed and calm Mutu got, he was also no longer so afraid. He watched for a bit longer, then cautiously swam over and followed Mutu’s example. He leaned his chin on the edge of the pool and also waited for Shang Ke’s massage.
Mutu became drowsy from Shang Ke’s massage and was about to fall asleep when he suddenly felt Shang Ke’s hands leave him.
He half opened his eyes and languidly looked next to him. The sight he was treated to was Shang Ke serving that calf when he had been serving him!
Mutu left out a low growl and the calf was immediately scared back into raising his fur. With a woosh he was hiding behind Shang Ke.
Shang Ke unhappily glanced at Mutu.
Mutu was angered: His fox actually glared at him for that ugly calf!
He angrily pulled Shang Ke to him and pressed him up against the smooth stone. Then started a round of intense ‘punishment’.
The calf continued to soak in the pool with only his large eyes visible. He watched the two mating individuals and silently blew his bubbles.
The ‘punishment’ this time continued on until morning. However, Shang Ke did not learn his lesson and still frequently brought the calf with Mutu to bathe.
After protesting a few times, Mutu also waved the white flag. Once his fox got obstinate, even the Lion King could only surrender.
Mutu did not know why Shang Ke was being so good to the calf at the moment. He was so good to it he was jealous. But after winter, he finally understood his intent when he obtained a steed that listened to his every command.