The people who went out for their night excursion began to rush back to the tents with their individual group members.
Those who did not make the curfew were severely punished by their superiors.
However, they weren’t resentful of this outcome.
As they progressed deeper and deeper into the unknown regions, whether or not they could continue to enjoy these pleasures was unknown. As such, punishment was nothing compared to this potentially last bit of entertainment.
Inside our tent were five military issued sleeping bags. While they were used by the military, to the eyes of a 21st century human, these might as well have been cotton sacks.
One’day High: Sleeping without bathing would be really unpleasant…
As he said this, he took out a thick tube and with a loud slam dropped it onto the floor. He fumbled around in search for the valve and with a turn of his wrist, the ground began to tremble.
Lee Sole’shot: Whoa! I didn’t expect Boss High to be so strong!
One’day High: You speak as if I’m only able to perform administrative tasks.
Suddenly, the tube’s nozzle sprayed out four streams of water similar to a showerhead.
Di Qi Ju: This is…
Halfmoon Leak’age: It’s a “tap”. It’s used to extract water from the ground. Haven’t you seen this before?
Halfmoon Leak’age: Don’t be fooled by the one meter long tubing, the tap extends well below the ground.
Di Qi Ju: Tap…?
Di Qi Ju: Does a tap spray water into its surroundings?
Halfmoon Leak’age: That should be One’day High’s personal modification…It usually doesn’t do this.
One’day High: Of course it does! It’s a tap made for showering.
Halfmoon Leak’age: Using an equipment that most people can’t afford to shower…so luxurious.
One’day High: Well, enough chatting. Come, let’s shower!”
Under the last strand of light from the sun, we stripped and washed away the dirt from the day’s labor
While I was initially reluctant strip naked in the middle of the wilderness, seeing the three musketeers unabashedly strip and shower convinced me otherwise.
And so, four men took a shower together in the wilds under the darkness of night…
I closed my eyes and let the cool water wash away that disturbing thought…
Is it just me or am I not the most pitiful transmigrator in the world?
I was reminded once more by this clean ground water, of the difference in geography between my world and this.
According to Miss Poppy’s introduction, this world’s surface was mostly land. There were hardly anyway bodies of water.
In spite of this, this world is still covered in lush greenery similar to my world.
Without the ocean’s moderating influence on the climate, this world has created its own moderating system to circulate sufficient water into the environment’s natural cycle.
Is that the…underground water system?
Hah, the more I learn about this world, the more I realise how little I know. How fascinating.
This is must be the joys of exploring the unknown. Although, my exploration was different from the exploration of this expedition.
Di Qi Ju:…Ah, that’s right!
Di Qi Ju: Where’s Mo Chuan?
The seasonal wolf, Mo Chuan, was squatting in a corner with his back to us, his head raised. He was gazing at the slowly darkening sun in the sky.
After our night excursion, no one talked to him and neither did he approach us.
His back reminded me of the events of last night.
Di Qi Ju: Mo Chuan, what’s wrong?
Mo Chuan turned around and looked at me with his puppy dog eyes.
Mo Chuan: Are you alright?
I reflexively rubbed my neck when I heard this.
Di Qi Ju: What’s the matter? Are there any scars here?
Mo Chuan: Nope. It’s kinda fair.
Di Qi Ju: Isn’t it fine then?
Mo Chuan: Ju. Are we friends?
Di Qi Ju:…..
Di Qi Ju: Aren’t we?
Mo Chuan: Can a friend that can’t save his friend be considered a friend?
Di Qi Ju: You only need to help me when I’m in mortal danger. It’s not like you’re my bodyguard.
Mo Chuan sighed as if the implied meaning was different from what I understood.
Mo Chuan: Let’s just take it as such.
Di Qi Ju: By the way, don’t you want to bath?
Mo Chuan: It’s fine. Seasonal wolves will get sick if they maintain the same level of cleanliness as humans.
Halfmoon Leak’age: Furthermore, that was an extremely inappropriate invitation.
His hand quietly clasped my shoulder as he said this. I didn’t know when, but Halfmoon Leak’age had finished his bath and had walked up to us.
Di Qi Ju: Halfmoon Leak’age…
Halfmoon Leak’age: Please call me Leak’age.
Di Qi Ju:……
I really want to call you “Halfmoon”…
Halfmoon Leak’age: It’s spring right now and since Mo Chuan is in his stable period, that means he will also be stable during autumn.
Halfmoon Leak’age: Which means he won’t be stable in the coming season. In that case, is it a period of frenzy or will it be his mating period?
Di Qi Ju: Mating period?
Halfmoon Leak’age: It looks like you didn’t know about this before you approached him. As expected, you’re a baby calf who doesn’t know danger when he sees it.
Halfmoon Leak’age: A seasonal wolf’s body changes with the seasons. Each season, he will undergo a change from a stable state to a frenzied state and back again. The entire cycle takes place over the entire year.
Halfmoon Leak’age: During their frenzied state, they will lose their human appearance, growing fur throughout their body. While their intelligence won’t decrease, their personality will become much crueler.
Halfmoon Leak’age: It’s been said that they were even willing to hurt their family members for their personal gains.
Halfmoon Leak’age: At least half of the normal populace were aware of this much and as such, they started fearing seasonal wolves.
As he finished saying this, he reached out with both of his arms and squeezed the muscles on my arms and back.
Halfmoon Leak’age: Your muscles are very similar to Lee Sole’shot’s; the kind which has undergone long periods of abuse and thus have been forced to grow quickly.
Halfmoon Leak’age: Even so, this does not mean that you can approach a seasonal wolf.
Di Qi Ju: ……
Di Qi Ju: You don’t have to concern yourself with this, Mr. Leak’age. I know what I’m doing.
Halfmoon Leak’age: Is that so? Then do you know what the seasonal wolves are like during their mating period?
Di Qi Ju:……no.
Halfmoon Leak’age: His…no her body will turn into a female’s and will be in heat.
Di Qi Ju:……
Di Qi Ju:……
Di Qi Ju:……Huh??
Halfmoon Leak’age: While it’s true that only intercourse between two seasonal wolves can produce a seasonal wolf offspring, they are still able to produce offspring with other mammals.
Halfmoon Leak’age: Once they’re in heat during their mating period, they will never let go of their male partners till they’ve become pregnant.
Halfmoon Leak’age: If the target’s reproduction system is incompatible with the seasonal wolf’s, their intercourse usually ended in death…
Halfmoon Leak’age: Did your “I know what I’m doing” include this?
Di Qi Ju:……
No, it didn’t…there’s no way it did. To be exact, he didn’t know a thing about seasonal wolves.
Di Qi Ju: But…Mr Leak’age, humans shouldn’t consider such things when making friends.
Di Qi Ju: Isn’t the whole reason why humans are a strong and united race because we prioritize the feelings we get while having interactions with each other, when choosing our friends?
Di Qi Ju: Matters such as these are only reasons why friendships are broken. They aren’t barriers to forming friendships.
Di Qi Ju: These barriers…we can deal with them once we’ve become friends.
Di Qi Ju: They shouldn’t stop me from befriending Mo Chuan.
Halfmoon Leak’age: I didn’t expect such a response from you
Halfmoon Leak’age: Either way, I’ve already reminded you. Interfering in another’s business isn’t something I enjoy doing.
Halfmoon Leak’age: Just make sure you prepare yourself for those barriers.
Di Qi Ju:…alright.
Mo Chuan: Halfmoon Leak’age, you seem to know a lot about seasonal wolves.
Halfmoon Leak’age: It’s nothing. I just so happened to have read about a ‘furry’ lusting after a seasonal wolf and getting killed during the intercourse.
Di Qi Ju: What a unique story.
Halfmoon Leak’age: Only by reading so many unique stories will one be able to accept the entirety of reality.
Di Qi Ju: Somehow I smell a story behind your words as well…
Mo Chuan: Don’t lump me in with those kinds of stories.
Mo Chuan: Besides…
His glance swept over our crotches.
Mo Chuan: A human male’s reproductive organ is too small to engage in sex with a female seasonal wolf.
Di Qi Ju:……
Halfmoon Leak’age: Do you have a rebuttal for that?
Di Qi Ju: Yup.
Di Qi Ju: Mo Chuan, a human male’s p**** size varies with each person.
Di Qi Ju: Furthermore, there is a difference in size between when it’s being used and when it’s not being used.
Di Qi Ju: For some, there might be a small change while for others, there might be a huge change.
Di Qi Ju: How can you judge which of the two a man belongs to with just one glance.
Di Qi Ju: Even if Mr. Leak’age belongs to the former, I’m definitely of the latter category.
Halfmoon Leak’age: Hey…
Di Qi Ju: When they say a real man must be outstanding, this is what they meant!
Di Qi Ju: As such, judging a book by its cover is not acceptable even for friends!
Halfmoon Leak’age: You can stop now…Di Qi Ju.
Di Qi Ju: Huh? But I’m not finished yet.
Halfmoon Leak’age: Mo Chuan has already left.
Di Qi Ju:…..
Di Qi Ju:…..
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Synopsis: Somewhere in the universe, there was an altar. On it, laid a bloody eye as big as the sun itself. It burst with light and bathed the entire star system in red.
"The aura of an ancestral artifact!" Someone's voice rose in surprise.
The Great Galactic Era had begun.