As Qiao Tian Chang saw Ning Meng Yao digging up the star anise by herself, he quickly helped her. Soon, they dug up seven or eight of them and Ning Meng Yao was finally satisfied.
While Qiao Tian Chang was chatting with Ning Meng Yao, his body suddenly tensed up. He picked Ning Meng Yao up and held her in his arms before leaping up to a big tree.
Standing on the branch, he put Ning Meng Yao down on it and warned her: “Hold on tightly and don’t move, understand?”
“Yes, I understand.” Ning Meng Yao nodded quickly. She guessed that Qiao Tian Chang must have heard something, which was why he became anxious.
Ning Meng Yao was right, Qiao Tian Chang had heard some sounds just now. In fact, it sounded like a large predator.
The two quietly sat on the high up branches for a moment. Ning Meng Yao wondered that perhaps Qiao Tian Chang had mistook those noise for something else.
When she was about to speak, he reached out to cover her mouth, preventing her from making any sound: “It’s here.”
Ning Meng Yao subconsciously lowered her head and looked down. It was at this time she suddenly heard rustling in the bushes.
She took a quick glance at Qiao Tian Chang, before turning her head back down. She saw a wolf. It had gray fur and olive green eyes, and was sitting under the tree where they were hiding.
All of the sudden, she understood why Qiao Tian Chang wasn’t willing to take her deep into the mountains.
While Ning Meng Yao was worried, she heard another animal coming. And a yellow-spotted tiger appeared in their sight.
Staring at the tiger with her eyes wide opened, she covered her mouth. She regretted it now. If she knew how dangerous it was here, she wouldn’t have demanded Qiao Tian Chang to bring her.
Ning Meng Yao’s breathing gradually calmed down. She watched the two beasts beneath them, not daring to move. She was really frightened.
It seemed that Qiao Tian Chang had felt her fear. He reached out to cuddle her in his arms and whispered into her ear: “Don’t be afraid. I’m here.”
Ning Meng Yao subconsciously held onto Qiao Tian Chang’s strong waist. The sound of a fight resounded in that moment, but Ning Meng Yao didn’t dare to look down.
The sound of the wolf howling and the tiger roaring made Ning Meng Yao even more nervous, as she held on to Qiao Tian Chang tightly, in fear that she might fall.
Gradually, the noise faded. Qiao Tian Chang looked down at the beasts that were gradually losing their breath. He became a little relieved: “It’s alright now.”
Ning Meng Yao’s body stiffened. Looking down, she realized that the two animals were wounded, especially the wolf. It had two large bloody wounds at its neck.
“Do you want to go home now?”
“Yes, yes. I want to go back.” Ning Meng Yao nodded her head hurriedly as she didn’t want to stay any longer.
Qiao Tian Chang looked at her tenderly before carrying her down the tree. Upon reaching the ground, he stared at the two animals while considering if he should take them back.
“Let’s take this tiger back.” He said as he faced Ning Meng Yao, as if asking for her opinion.
The tiger was about two or three hundred pounds. When Ning Meng Yao looked at the tiger she felt like crying and asked: “How are we going to carry it?”
“I’ll do it, you just go ahead carefully.” Qiao Tian Chang replied calmly.
If it wasn’t for his desire to make a bigger coat for Ning Meng Yao, he wouldn’t want to take this cumbersome thing back.
After skinning the tiger, it could also be made into a carpet to put into her room.
Ning Meng Yao looked at Qiao Tian Chang, and finally nodded. She was a little curious how would he carry the tiger back.
While she was thinking about that, Qiao Tian Chang had already bent down, grabbed the front and hind legs of the tiger with both hands and then forced it onto his shoulder.
Ning Meng Yao stared at him carrying the tiger as if it didn’t have any weight at all. She swallowed her saliva and asked: “Isn’t that heavy?”
“No. Let’s go.” There was still a dead wolf here, its bloody smell would soon lure other beasts to it, so it was better to leave quickly.
Going down the mountain was much faster than hiking up. Upon reaching home, Grandmother Qin jumped when she saw the tiger on Qiao Tian Chang’s shoulders.
At this moment, everyone turned their eyes to Ning Meng Yao, Grandmother Qin in particular. Her eyes seemed to be asking, “Young Miss, was it fun going into the mountains?”
Ning Meng Yao wanted to cry as she looked at them. She shouldn’t have requested it as it had almost scared her to death. From the way they looked at her, she wouldn’t be too curious about the mountains anymore.