Chapter 87

  Later, Wen Jianing and Jian Jun came out of the woods with some dry branches, and Matthew set up a fire by himself and set it on fire.

  They boiled a little hot water in the small pot they brought and ate the biscuits they brought with them for dinner.

  Matthew sat by the fire and told them what they could and could not eat if they had not brought food with them.

  Wen Jianing asked jokingly, “Do you really can eat insects?”

  Matthew said, “Of course, it is a high-protein food, which can provide you with the calories you need. But not all insects can be eaten.”

  He demonstrated that he made a trap not far from the camp where they slept to see if he could catch any critters at night.

  ”Will there be beasts?” Zhao Qin asked, she felt cold and held her shoulders close to the fire.

  Matthew said, “It’s hard to tell, but there are too many people here, so it’s relatively safe.”

  Of course, the program group didn’t want to see any beasts appear. They didn’t want to risk such a big cost for the ratings. They brought some tools and snake repellent powder with them and arranged them around the camp.

  Matthew had been very generous to convey to them the essentials of survival in the wild, some of the more professional terms of plants and animals, Wen Jianing actually didn’t quite understand it, but Lu Jinlang listened very seriously, and from time to time he spoke a few words to him in English.

  When he saw that it was almost time, Matthew stood up and said it was time to rest.

  Three tents were present, the single one was of course reserved for Zhao Qin, and it was built in the middle of the two two-person tents. There were four men left, two of whom live in one room.

  For Wen Jianing, it was not a big problem who stayed with him, because in this environment, it was impossible to sleep with their clothes and pants off.

  But Matthew glanced at the three of them, and casually said to Jian Jun who was closer to him, “Why don’t you sleep with me?”

  Jian Jun raised his head to look at him and nodded without comment.

  Wen Jianing and Lu Jinlang looked at each other.

  Living in a tent with Lu Jinlang was perfect for Wen Jianing. But there were also cameras in the tent, which made him feel a little difficult because they couldn’t be too tacit and casual, and they couldn’t look too strange in front of the camera.

  Two people living together had to pretend to be ordinary friends. Wen Jianing felt that this unscripted play was more difficult than any movie.

  Wen Jianing asked Lu Jinlang, “Director Lu, are you going to rest?”

  Lu Jinlang smiled slightly, got up and patted the grass off his body, and walked towards the tent.

  They went into the tent to rest, and the cameraman who was shooting should also stop working and go back to rest.

  Wen Jianing followed to the tent and saw Lu Jinlang packing two sleeping bags inside. He stood there for a while, then turned around and left.

  Lu Jinlang asked, “Where are you going?”

  Wen Jianing whispered, “To pee.”

  Lu Jinlang couldn’t accompany him, so he could only simply say, “Be careful.”

  Wen Jianing came back after a while.

  Although the tent was a two-person tent, the sleeping bags were all single. He and Lu Jinlang slept side by side, got into their own sleeping bags, and maintained a short distance between them.

  ”Is it cold?” Lu Jinlang asked.

  Wen Jianing said, “It’s okay.” After a while, he said, “Perhaps it’ll be better if I sleep.”

  He was very tired, but he couldn’t sleep for a while in this environment.

  Wen Jianing whispered, “Director Lu, are you asleep?”

  Lu Jinlang was silent for a moment, and replied, “No.”

  Wen Jianing turned over. There were many topics to talk about if he and Lu Jinlang were to chat. Unfortunately, he couldn’t say a word in this environment. After he thought about it, he could only ask, “The movie is about to be released. Are you nervous?”

  Regardless of whether this episode could be broadcasted at the end, they must hurry up and promote the movie.

  Lu Jinlang knew his thoughts, smiled, and said, “I’m not nervous, I have confidence in you.”

  Wen Jianing said, “We have confidence in you, too.”

  The two people talked softly. The content of the chat was about the previous filming, and they had a good sense of propriety. After talking about it, Wen Jianing became sleepy and his voice became quieter, so Lu Jinlang also fell silent and said nothing more.

  Under such harsh circumstances, Wen Jianing still slept until dawn.

  When he woke up in the morning, he was still half-asleep. He found that his head was resting on Lu Jinlang’s shoulder, and he was surrounded by a calm and familiar atmosphere. He almost reflexively raised his hand to touch Lu Jinlang’s face. However, when he touched it, he suddenly reacted that there was a camera shooting overhead. He immediately continued to reach out and changed to a stretching posture.

  Lu Jinlang woke up, stretched his back, then sat up and asked, “Did you sleep well?”

  Wen Jianing was in a cold sweat, and he was completely awake, but he still pretended to be lazy and didn’t want to get up, and said, “Morning, Director Lu.”

  They packed their things and continued to set off.

  Today’s task was to climb to the highest point of the mountain, then looked for the current, and then followed the direction of the current down the mountain. Tonight they would continue to sleep in the street, and tomorrow, if they could descend smoothly, they would spend the night near the village below the mountain.

  The trap Matthew set up last night turned out to be rewarding. He caught a passing vole. Early in the morning, Matthew skinned the voles and roasted them on the fire. When Wen Jianing and the others woke up, he asked them if they wanted to eat them.

  The small vole didn’t have much meat, and Matthew used a knife to divide it into small pieces.

  Wen Jianing hesitated while holding it, but turned his head to see that Lu Jinlang and Jian Jun both swallowed it in one bite. He thought not to mind it, and he put it in his mouth.

  Only Zhao Qin refused to eat.

  Matthew teased her and delivered the vole meat to her mouth. She screamed and ran around the fire, hiding behind Lu Jinlang, covering her mouth with one hand and shaking her head quickly.

  After the “breakfast”, they packed their things and continued to climb the mountain.

  Yesterday was actually better since he just felt a little tired. But today, Wen Jianing started to feel the muscle aches caused by excessive exercise yesterday. He had a feeling that there was a long way to go, and at least they would spend the whole day in the mountains.

  But they were not on the road all the time. Because this was a variety show, Matthew would explain a lot of knowledge about living in the wilderness along the way, and even waste some time deliberately looking for some creatures to show them.

  Even so, Zhao Qin quickly couldn’t hold on. In addition to fatigue and muscle soreness throughout her body, she stopped to rest after walking for less than an hour and then insisted on going forward only when she felt she could continue.

  Before noon, Matthew led them to find a valley. The river meandered and circled down the mountain.

  Matthew stood on a high place and looked down, pointed his finger in the river and said excitedly, “Look, there are fish!”

  They planned to go down the river valley to catch fish. There was a big smooth rock wall next to the river valley, and there was nowhere to go if they wanted to go down.

  Matthew decided to demonstrate weaving a rope with vines. Wen Jianing and Lu Jinlang helped him collect vines. He demonstrated how to tie knots and asked them to try to tie a few knots.

  Then Matthew was the first to climb the vines, and the remaining people looked at each other. They couldn’t let Zhao Qin climb down last, so they decided that after Lu Jinlang and Jian Jun went down, Zhao Qin followed, and Wen Jianing would be last.

  It was not difficult for Lu Jinlang and Jian Jun to go down, but it was not easy for Zhao Qin. She grabbed the vines and stomped on the smooth rock wall with her feet. In the end, her hands were out of strength and she almost slid down. Lu Jinlang and Jian Jun reached out and caught her below.

  When it was Wen Jianing’s turn, he climbed down a long way. When he was about two meters away from the landing, a vine knot at hand was a little loose.

  He was startled, one of his hands quickly clasped a small protruding stone on the side of the rock wall, and at the same time, the vine broke off and fell onto the rocky beach by the river.

  When he saw this movement, Lu Jinlang’s heart could not help but rise and fall.

  Matthew put his hands around his mouth, shouting loudly to let him not be afraid, and slowly climb down.

  But Wen Jianing found that there was nowhere to go.

  As a result, he ended up almost sliding down too, with Lu Jinlang and Jian Jun holding him up on either side so that he did not fall to the ground.

  Wen Jianing raised his hand, his fingers were almost worn out, he turned his head and glanced at Lu Jinlang.

  Lu Jinlang also saw it. When he lowered his head and was about to open the bag and search for band-aids, Jian Jun said in surprise, “Your hand! I’ll get you a band-aid!”

  And after he finished saying this, Lu Jinlang had already fished out the band-aid.

  Zhao Qin also came around. She probably thought that she was the only girl in the group, with delicate hands. She reached out and grabbed the band-aid in Lu Jinlang’s hand and said, “I’ll do it.”

  Wen Jianing glanced at Lu Jinlang and stretched his fingers over.

  Zhao Qin carefully put band-aids on each of his fingers.

  Several people here are a little nervous because of Wen Jianing’s hand injury, and even the director personally climbed down with a climbing rope and came to ask him whether the injury was serious and whether it would affect the subsequent recording. But Matthew didn’t think it was a big deal. He had experienced countless harsh environments, and these minor injuries were common to him.

  He had tied the knife to a wooden stick, then waved to beckon them to come and spearfish.

  Zhao Qin was happy as long as she heard that she didn’t have to continue on the road, she was the one who stood first and walked over.

  Jian Jun hesitated for a moment and ran in the direction of Matthew to see him spearfishing.

  Only Lu Jinlang asked him, “Does it hurt a lot?”

  Wen Jianing shook his head and reached out to Lu Jinlang to let him pull himself up, walked towards the river with him, and said, “It’s okay, I will also catch a fish for you to eat.”

  To catch a fish, they must enter the water.

  All of them took off their hiking boots and stepped into the water barefoot.

  Next to him, Zhao Qin squealed because the river was so cold, even Wen Jianing couldn’t help but shiver, and then concentrated on using the small knife and fork fish he brought.

  Matthew kept saying, “Be careful of your feet.”

  Actually, he didn’t need them to remind everyone because everyone was also very careful. More than ten minutes had passed and no one had gained anything.

  Suddenly, Zhao Qin stepped on a small stone and couldn’t stand firmly, and fell to the side. Wen Jianing was the closest to her and stretched out her hand to give her a hand. Unfortunately, Zhao Qin had lost her balance. Not only did she fall down, but she also pulled Wen Jianing into the water.

  The water reached the knee-deep, and the two of them sat in, almost completely drenched.

  When Matthew saw them, he laughed twice and said, “I’m going to make a fire. You guys think of a way to dry your clothes quickly.”

  In order to simplify his load, Wen Jianing only brought a change of clothes inside but didn’t bring extra clothes and pants. At this time, he became a little nervous.

  Lu Jinlang immediately said to Jian Jun, “Help them find towels. First, find clothes they can use to change and go look for rocks over there they could go behind to change.”

  Then he went to the director of the program group to discuss, saying that it was impossible for them to be photographed in their underwear, and hoping to find clothes and pants to wear first.

  The director agreed and helped them find a set of clothes.

  Jian Jun looked through the towel and found a big rock by the river, asking them to hide behind it to change their clothes.

  The cameraman consciously stepped back and took pictures in front of the stone, only to be able to take pictures of their heads and necks that were exposed when they changed their clothes.

  Zhao Qin was a lady, so it was natural to guard her. Lu Jinlang said to her, “Don’t worry, I’m standing in front, no one will pass by.” After that, he turned his back on Zhao Qin.

  All the people from the program group also gathered here, and no one could see the scene behind the stone. In fact, Wen Jianing should feel glad that there was a woman who could make it seem reasonable for him to hide behind and change clothes. If they were all men, there was no need to worry so much.

  Jian Jun took a towel to Wen Jianing and asked him to wipe it first.

  This was supposed to be just a small episode. Although the changing of clothes was filmed, the director did not intend to broadcast it.

  But they did not expect that half the way Zhao Qin changed her clothes, and suddenly screamed while wearing only her underwear. She ran out from behind the big rock and hugged Lu Jinlang’s back and shouted, “There is a snake!”

  Lu Jinlang reacted very quickly. He held Zhao Qin in one hand and retreated back, and at the same time took off his coat and put it on her to cover it.

  Matthew rushed over and grabbed the not too thick, non-venomous little snake.

  All this happened so fast that the camera couldn’t stop shooting, so the camera was shot in.

  Then the atmosphere became a bit awkward.

  When Wen Jianing changed his clothes, Lu Jinlang simply asked to stop filming, but there was no more dangerous situation.

  Then the wet clothes were put on a twig and dried by the fire, and Matthew finally caught the fish and roasted them for them.

  While waiting for the clothes to dry, everyone was a little silent, perhaps because they had not recovered yet from the awkward atmosphere just now.

  Wen Jianing took a branch in his hand and poked it in the fire from time to time. It had no purpose. Lu Jinlang sat opposite him, holding a branch in his hand. When he fiddled with the fire, he touched Wen Jianing’s branch with his.

  The two raised their heads and glanced at each other, then lowered their gazes without saying anything.

  Wen Jianing felt that he could no longer participate with Lu Jinlang in this 24-hour program. The feeling of not being able to say anything was too unbearable.


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2 Comments

  1. chinesefanreader

    So awkward to try to just act like brothers 😆
    Thanks for the chapter

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  2. Eu

    Why are there so many dangers of him being found out 😅😅😭😭

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