This is a Miracle - Chapter 36
“Prepare to pull the nets!”
The next morning, uncle Saros led the Ardennes to catch the delicacies of the sea.
Although they wouldn’t have to worry about food shortage with the sacred pouch, they will start their farming project immediately after arriving at the island, hence the more seeds they accumulate, the better.
With this in mind, everyone decided to live by what nature provided, fishing for their food needs.
So, the only medium-sized vessel amongst the three ships with fishing capabilities began to work.
Amongst their three ships, the big one is for military use, the other medium-sized passenger ship is for civilian use. Only the third one is a fishing ship with the necessary tools.
The net was slowly pulled into the ship, dumping an uncountable amount of seafood on the deck, pilling them up into a small hill.
Although a strong fishy smell enveloped the ship, the Ardennes weren’t dissatisfied at all. They were filled with the joy of harvest.
In this world, food is extremely precious. No one would complain that they have too much food.
The Ardennes had suffered from hunger throughout their lives. Naturally, they cherish food even more.
Three kittens jumped out cheerfully, they each picked up a small fish, then looked at Bai Luo eagerly.
They are Cat Lingling, Cat Yiyi, Cat Erer, a triplet born from one of Arden’s house cats.
These were the names Bai Luo gave them according to their order of birth. (TL: Ling=0, Yi=1, Er=2 in Chinese)
Bai Luo secretly lamented that these animals have really become smart. He gently patted their heads and said,
“You are also a part of Arden, take as much as you want, but you mustn’t waste it.”
The kittens happily jumped up and down. The white eagles in the sky also heard Bai Luo’s words, and hurriedly came down and started picking their share of food.
However, one of the white eagles as seemingly disdainful,
‘How can the taste of raw fish compare to the delicious, cooked fish,’
It looked at its master Noel, making the latter very helpless.
“I still have to work now, brother. I’ll cook some for you later, okay?”
Only then did the white eagle proudly take off and continue to patrol the area around the Ardennes ships.
The mice squeaked. They don’t like fish, but they are extremely ardent about the grain that Bai Luo pours out.
Of course, they don’t steal food at will but are specially fed by the children.
They also have a job, that is to find other mice and rats, along with bugs, and expel them from the ship.
The mice: ‘Even if we’re mice, we’re Arden’s mice!’
Lilith’s miracle power can’t be granted to crawlers and insects. The only possible exceptions are butterflies and bees.
“This thing, it really looks like a king crab.”
Bai Luo, who was sorting the fish, found a strange creature among the pile of fish.
It looks very similar to the king crab, but Bai Luo knew that the two aren’t the same species.
“Hey, its shape is so bizarre! Is this a sea monster? But it’s so small.”
“It’s a stone crab. It’s named like this because its shell is as hard as a stone, and people rarely eat it.”
Uncle Saros’s upper body was bare. Under his snow-white beard, there was an extremely sturdy figure, one that can make most young men ashamed. He smiled and said,
“In the past, I sailed across the seas with brother Mountain. When we were hungry and had nothing to eat, we cooked and ate it”
The fishing skills of uncle Saros are unmatched.
When they decided to start fishing, uncle Saros took the lead. It’s unknown what method he used, but wherever he told them to throw the net, they always get a bumper harvest. Bai Luo was truly awestruck at the endless array of skills his old man possesses.
Another one of uncle Saros’s amazing skills has been unlocked – fishing.
“Its taste is quite amazing.”
When Saros was young, he traveled all over the world with several trusted companions. When he was hungry, he ate everything from snakes, worms, rodents to ants. A mere crab king naturally can’t escape from his mouth.
“Is this really edible?”
Compared with Saros’s confidence, Noel, Jerah, and the others were skeptical.
“Daddy said that it tastes amazing?! Incredible! This is the first time I heard dad say that something is delicious. “
When it comes to food, one must never forget Inya.
They watched as the girl, covered with fish scales due to fishing, happily picked up a hammer and shouted, “All of you get out of the way! Let me smash it to death!”
“Stop, stop, stop!”
Bai Luo hurriedly stopped the little girl,
“This isn’t how this creature can be eaten.”
He pulled away Inya’s hammer and looked at Issafeiya, “Elder Sister, I’m counting on you.”
Issafeiya’s blade skills are unparalleled, Bai Luo couldn’t think of anyone more suited for this task.
They set up a bonfire, then placed an iron net that was specially made by Lilith, then cooked the thick crab legs on it. They didn’t use much seasoning, just some white salt.
But even so, the taste of the crab was out of this world! It was extremely delicious.
“This texture… I have never eaten something so delicious!”
Crabmeat is different from beasts’ meat. Its elasticity is very different from anything the Ardennes had ever eaten.
The more they chewed on it, the more flavors burst out in their mouth. The salty taste gushing from the crab meat made its freshness even more prominent. Even Issafeiya ate one more serving.
“Slurp!, nom, nom, nom!”
Inya grabbed the thick crab claws, which were covered with precipitated snow-white salt grains, then sucked the flesh inside. The salt grains along with the crab’s sea fragrance melted in her mouth, fresh and fragrant.
Inya bobbed her head happily, then continued munching on the crab meat in her hand.
“Come and try this, the sashimi you mentioned.”
Issafeiya brought a plate of sashimi. The red meat on the plat was stacked into an extremely delicate flower pattern, and beside it, there was a small pile of green paste – wasabi.
Bai Luo poured out horseradish from the sacred pouch, ground it, successfully creating a new seasoning that had never appeared in this world, wasabi.
“This is sashimi personally made by my elder sister.”
Bai Luo eagerly picked up a piece, mixed it with wasabi, and dipped it in soy sauce before putting it in his mouth.
This is certainly not a formal way of eating sashimi, but Bai Luo is neither a native of Sakura island nor is he currently living in it, hence he didn’t pay attention to his eating manners.
Bai Luo nodded several times and said,
The freshly ground wasabi still has a very strong flavor. Sashimi is best eaten fresh, and its flavor depends greatly on time and knife skills.
Senior Sister’s knife skills are naturally unparalleled in the world, using them in cooking might be overkill, but Bai Luo is all for it!
“Elder sister, try one too.”
Issafeiya picked up one and used the same method Bai Luo used to eat it. However, her reaction was far from Bai Luo’s. Even the hot wasabi couldn’t shake this goddess’s cold temperament.
‘I, Issafeiya, is the goddess of the Arden clan, a mere wasabi…’
Issafeiya calmly took a sip of water, “But it’s best to not eat it often. Although it won’t hurt to eat it occasionally, it can’t replace our staple food of boiled and baked fish.”
Issafeiya is a cooked food advocate. She doesn’t like raw food.
In Bai Luo’s case, he likes to eat salmon and tuna, that is, orange and red sashimi. These two have a better taste and are more physiologically acceptable.
As for the white and transparent ones, Bai Luo doesn’t like their taste.
“Culture is the foundation of a nation, and it is its most extensive and profound place.”
Bai Luo said to Issafeiya,
“Food culture, dressing habits, and customs. These are all things that our nation, Arden, will need in the future.”
The current Arden is more like a tribe of primitive barbarians rather than a nation. Naturally, Arden can’t stay like that forever.
After arriving on the island, Bai Luo will bring up all the fine cultures from all kinds of countries from his past life. Afterward, they will have to slowly experiment, picking up the cultures that are suitable to the Ardennes and mixing them up.
For example, chopsticks and sashimi are products of Eastern culture, while knives and forks are a product of Western culture.
“This matter needs a long time and consideration before being implemented, but fortunately we have time.”
Bai Luo was sitting on the deck on the second floor of the ship. He leaned on the wooden rails, looking at the cheerful Ardennes below with a smile, “Tell the big sisters in charge of cooking to take rest and come enjoy dinner with everyone. They also must taste the food they worked so hard to make.”
The fishing boat was filled with a fishy smell, making it very uncomfortable to live in, and Bai Luo naturally can’t let his clan suffer.
He told everyone to sleep on the big ship, then used the medium passenger ship as storage.
Although it’s a little crowded, the Ardennes are used to living together, hence it made them feel more secure.
In this way, they continued steering the ships and sailing on the sea. During this period, the Ardennes suffered from collective seasickness.
Thinking about it, it makes sense. A group of mountain savages that had never left land suddenly sailed on the sea, it isn’t strange that they got seasick.
Only uncle Saros, Mountain Weng, and Issafeiya, who were used to sailing, weren’t affected.
Hence on the second and third day, the unaffected ones started running around, taking care of their companions who were pale and weak due to seasickness.
Bai Luo had also never been on a boat, at least not in this life, but he was unaffected.
“You are different.”
Uncle Saros told Bai Luo that he is a miracle master. He is blessed by his miracles. Bai Luo has the blessing and protection of at least two miracles, Pegasus, and Fairy.
How could mere seasickness thwart him?
Fortunately, the physique of the Ardennes is extremely good. On the fifth day of their journey, even Schuster was much better. At least, he could move around without any problem.
In this way, everyone sailed for five or six days, and gradually got used to wandering on the sea.
Although it was a little boring, it isn’t hard to find something to entertain themselves with.
For example, Lilith tried to give her miracle power to the little creatures brought along by the Ardennes, testing whether they could be turned into her miracle children.
Bai Luo and the rest of the Ardennes are very fond of these smart little animals.
Hence Bai Luo especially cautioned Lilith. These small animals are the companions of the Ardennes. She mustn’t be careless or reckless during the miracle power bestowal process.
“Don’t worry, Master, Lilith will be careful.”
Lilith just wanted to bless them, not curse them, how she hurt these small creatures.
This kind of blessing is different from that of the mushroom people.
The mushroom people’s change has been caused by the transfiguration spell.
Although they can be permanently maintained, they have no real soul. They are similar to clay puppets, mere toys.
In contrast, bestowing the gift of intelligence upon these small animals is more like a process of enlightenment.
Animals, like humans, can adapt to and accommodate the power of miracles. When they fully awaken their talents and power, they also have the opportunity to become Lilith’s miracle children, just like those little girls.
“Speaking of which, can I also acquire Lilith and Shirley’s miracle power?”
Uncle Saros said,
“As a miracle master, if the power of miracles can affect human beings, the earliest one to receive their power should be you, their master.”
However, Bai Luo didn’t feel any power coursing through his body, nor did he notice any visible change.
“It’s probably because their power is incompatible with you, Little Luo.”
Uncle Saros thought Lilith and Shirley’s power might not be suitable for Bai Luo.
In Shirley’s case, it’s a matter of species. Her power might not be applicable to humans, at least not for now, and Lilith’s power might only affect young females.
During their journey, uncle Saros had actually been observing everyone’s change.
According to Bai Luo, fluctuations of Shirley’s miracle power appeared on Radish’s body. After some investigation, uncle Saros concluded,
“Radish is pregnant.”
It’s not surprising, after all, many horses are congregated in such a small cabin.
What’s more, it’s still spring.
In spring, everything is resuscitated, and it’s the season for animals to breed again…
“Shirley’s miracle power can likely affect only pregnant mares. The recipient of her miracle power should be the young horse developing inside.”
“If it’s a miracle that can only affect the same kind, then its power has nothing to do with me.”
Bai Luo is a human being, it only makes sense that he can’t receive Shirley’s miracle power.
“I have also observed Lilith.”
The old man couldn’t see the power of miracles, but Bai Luo could see it, so whenever there was a change, Bai Luo would immediately inform the old man so that they could study it.
“They’re all females, and they’re all pure little girls.”
Uncle Saros pondered, then said,
“Is it because of the fairy tales you recounted?”
“It’s probably because those fairy tales are mostly targeted towards pure little girls, or have girls as prominent characters.”
Bai Luo guessed that the reason Lilith favors those little girls has to do with the awakening condition.
“I found that Ersa has the strongest miracle power and largest aggregation of energy. Although I don’t know when she will completely awaken, it seems that she has a high affinity with Lilith.”
“It’s not limited to just one kind of miracle power.”
The old man told Bai Luo a very important message,
“As long as the miracles and miracle masters agree, the same person can have multiple miracle powers at the same time, making them even more powerful.”
If a person possesses five or six kinds of miracle powers at the same time, then it isn’t a simple matter of addition, but multiplication. Their power will exponentially increase.
However, after saying that, the old man seriously added,
“The premise is that the miracles and their masters under question don’t conflict.”
That is, even if the miracles and their masters are willing to collectively bestow their power on one person, maybe problems will arise, such as distrust or conflict. If one party withdraws its power, then the collective miracle power of that person will collapse.
Of course, this would never happen with Bai Luo, because both Shirley and Lilith are his miracles.
A person he grants permission to might either have both of their power or none. There wouldn’t be a bizarre situation where Bai Luo takes away half and keeps half.
“When I get the fourth miracle, I will give it a try.”
“The fourth one…”
Uncle Saros was very excited internally, but he was extremely calm on the surface. The old man took out his pipe and took a deep puff.
‘I, Saros, am a stable old man, but surprisingly, greed has struck my heart again.’
‘It’s not good, it’s really not good…’
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