Chapter 734: Making a Bed-Stove
After this ordeal, everyone in the family doted even more on An’an now. Even Bai Qingqing started to indulge her.
Though it was a little chilly in the house, Bai Qingqing could tolerate it, but she didn’t want An’an to get a cold. Hence, she came up with a solution—making a bed-stove.
As a Southerner, Bai Qingqing didn’t even have any idea what a bed-stove looked like, only that it was constructed by digging a hole underneath the house and burning fire inside of it.
Since it was such a simple and brutal idea, Bai Qingqing certainly didn’t dare to sleep with An’an on top of it. She planned to make such a bed-stove in the house in the hopes that the interior would become warmer.
After Bai Qingqing told Winston and Parker about her idea, the duo immediately started the planning and preparation without a second word.
“Will the floorboard collapse if we hollow out the underground?” Bai Qingqing took a careful look at the floorboard and saw that it was constructed using large slab stones several meters long. Just two of those slab stones const.i.tuted the floorboard of the entire bedroom.
The slightly taken aback Bai Qingqing asked with uncertainty, “Do these rocks come in whole pieces?”
“Mm,” Winston responded. He walked to the wall, stepped upon a rock of about five meters long and four meters wide, and said, “The garden is right behind. I’ll just dig a hole here. So long as the bed-stove is smaller than the rock, it will not collapse.”
“Good.” As though something occurred to her, Bai Qingqing suddenly smiled. “But don’t dig where Curtis is at. It’ll be quite funny if you do, hahahaha…”
In order for her to not be exposed to even the slightest bit of wind, thick animal skins were hung at the windows of the bedroom. Winston walked to the window and lifted an animal skin before jumping out.
Seeing that An’an had fallen asleep, Parker gently placed her in the nest. “I’ll go and help out.”
“I want to go too!” Bai Qingqing exclaimed enthusiastically. Parker retreated and forcefully flicked a finger against her forehead.
“Ouch!” With her palm over her forehead, Bai Qingqing glared at Parker.
Parker said with a smile, “Be good and stay here for your confinement. You’re not to go out.”
Bai Qingqing let out a long sigh. “I shouldn’t have told you guys about all this! Ah, one false step brings everlasting grief!”
“One false step brings everlasting grief? Hahahahaha… what an interesting expression.” Parker burst out into laughter and pecked her on the forehead. “Be good and stay in the house. I’ll go give Winston a hand.”
“Alright, go go go.” Bai Qingqing waved a hand listlessly. “How boring.”
After Parker left, she s.p.a.ced out staring at An’an. Bored to the max, she really wished there was a book she could read, even if it was an English textbook.
“This won’t do! I can’t hold it in any longer!” Bai Qingqing jumped to her feet. “Babies, look after An’an. Mommy’s going out to take a look.”
The leopard cubs sprawled in the nest immediately got up. Ever since they got to drink milk again, they became as clingy to their mommy as when they were babies.
“Lay on your tummies.” Bai Qingqing pressed upon their backs using her foot to get them lying down, then speedily put on her animal skin boots, before stealthily leaving the house.
All thanks to this high wall, there was nearly no wind on the ground. Firmly wrapped in her clothes, Bai Qingqing took a big detour, before finally locating Winston and Parker.
A white tiger and a leopard were standing next to the wall alongside each other, their front paws rapidly clawing at the ground, like a weasel trying to steal a rooster. Bai Qingqing paused for a good while before it occurred to her that they were digging a hole. Her mouth twitched at the realization.
They halted in their actions simultaneously. Bai Qingqing instantly held her breath, turned sideways, and hid behind a short tree.
Surely they didn’t discover her?
Bai Qingqing didn’t dare to turn her head, so she merely stared ahead. Shortly after, a tiger and a leopard appeared in her vision one after the other.
“Hehe…” Bai Qingqing retreated backward and let out an embarra.s.sed chuckle.