Ancient Eden - Chapter 89
~End of chapter 88
He didn’t know where she came from. Sometimes he suspected that she was a gift sent from a god in heaven.
When she smiled and revealed her white teeth, her eyes curved into the crescent moon in the sky, and he would look at her in daze, so much so that he felt ashamed of himself; when she laid in his arms in a good mood, she would hum in a low voice a tune he could never imagine, and though he did not know what she was singing, he found it beautiful and moving, and wished that she would continue singing it.
She could make all kinds of strange knots, and she could teach the children of the tribe many games, and she could think of so many clever ways to make tools to use for the harvest, and lately he had even learned that she could do calculations better than any of the people in the tribe, and that even the wise Da Wu of the tribe asked her for advice.
Li Mang felt that she could do anything. He felt so fortunate that she could be his woman, lying beside him at night for him to hold and caress. He would do anything for her, as long as she was happy. Just like his fingernails, without them, he was slower when he climbed trees, but she didn’t seem to like it and he was also afraid that he would end up scratching her delicate body again in a moment of carelessness, so when she wanted to cut off his nails, though he was a little reluctant, he still complied.
“Women are used to continue the bloodline. They can produce offspring for you, only get close to them during those few days. Throw all the energy you have left into this jungle, it will never betray you.”
Being a good hunter and a valiant warrior in this jungle was a dream of his since he was a child. That’s why he firmly kept in his mind the teachings he received from his father when he was a child. Even when he had Naonao later, he never overstepped. He was always able to discipline himself well. That was also the reason why when he found out about Naonao and Yi Jia’s affair, his brief anger very quickly melted away.
His father was right, the jungle was the only thing that wouldn’t betray him, and would always be there, quietly waiting for him.
But when it came to her, it all fell apart. Not only had he released himself outside of the warmth of her body, but he couldn’t even resist her seduction and did those things with her, even though it was not on those nights.
Every morning when he woke up, he sometimes regretted it, feeling that he had betrayed his father’s teachings. But that hint of remorse was no match for the extremely happy feelings she brought him, and by the next night, he couldn’t wait to indulge in them again.
He thought he had already fallen into depravity. But it was willingly. The only regret he had was that she still seemed somewhat reluctant to bear him children.
But now, that wasn’t so important anymore. After those few almost sleepless days and nights without her. Now, as long as she could come back to him safely, he would never force her again.
That day when he returned, he called out her name in front of the hut, expecting her to lift the curtain with a smile and urge him to wash his face and hands first, as she always did.
But there was nothing. She was gone.
After searching the entire settlement and all the places nearby where she might have gone, there was still no sign of her. Naduo said she had disappeared early in the morning, and that she had been searching for her for half a day.
He felt his blood curdle in his veins. His first thought was that she had escaped again, at a time when he had already let her into his heart.
He was so angry in that moment that he could barely restrain himself.
Very quickly, he learned that even Da Wu was missing.
Almost the entire tribe went out with torches, searching for him all night.
Nothing was found.
At dawn, when he returned to his hut, exhausted, he caught a glimpse of the lone pillow on the animal skin. She had knitted it herself, and then stuffed it with sun-dried flowers and grasses.
At first he had secretly laughed at her for being so extra. But now, even such a small thing that she had left behind could make him feel powerless.
Laying down on his back, he pressed her pillow tightly against his face, trying to find a trace of the scent she had left behind.
The knife fell out of the side opening.
Then he found two strips of cloth folded neatly inside.
He immediately dismissed his first thought.
She hadn’t tried to run away from him.
If she was going to run away, she would have at least taken those two things with her. Then, at this moment, he noticed her shoes, neatly placed in a corner of the hut.
If she hadn’t left on her own, then, had she been forced to leave?
He connected her disappearance with Da Wu’s disappearance. Although he didn’t know exactly what had happened yet, but his blood suddenly started to flow again vigorously in his veins, and immediately his heart felt like it was on fire from worry.
The watchman came to him, almost breathless, to announce that Gang Tu had sent a message, and handed him the still bloodstained ear.
They made no mention of her.
But it gave him a spark of hope. Like a man who had been trapped in darkness on all sides seeing a small, albeit faint, glimmer of hope ahead.
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