Heroine Saves A Gentleman - Chapter 10
Zhou Xiaoxiao jumped up from the kang bed and rented a sled as well as eight sled dogs from the owner of the tavern. Then, she bought a blanket and jumped on the sled, after rolling the blanket up and holding the medicine.
The eight sled dogs exerted all their strength in running and followed the path in which she arrived, heading quickly towards the cave.
When she arrived in front of the cave, she saw the three white pine trees she had seen before leaving, this made Zhou Xiaoxiao feel relieved.
She brushed the snow off of the entrance of the cave and drove the dogs in. They sprinted in, bringing the sled along and she was about to call out, but the scene inside the cave surprised her.
The fire had been extinguished and there was a dim light within the stone chamber from the sunlight shining into the cave. She could faintly see a person lying at the edge of a pile of fur.
He was naked and his pack was pale white, one of his arms was outreached for something.
Zhou Xiaoxiao’s heart thumped rapidly as she ran over. She carefully flipped him over to see Yu Xingzhi’s deathly pale face as he clenched his teeth. The moment she touched his forehead, it was burning hot.
Zhou Xiaoxiao’s heart finally felt immense guilt.
She blamed herself. Since when are you so harsh? That person didn’t even abandon you in this frozen snow-covered ground, but you left an injured person here to perish on his own.
While she blamed herself for being heartless, she also quickly took action.
She lit the fire pit up again and placed the blanket she bought over him. Then, she added the herbs for internal use into the pot to cook it. Once she was done adjusting the herbs for external use, she treated the patient with it and re-bandaged him. Other than that, she needed to conceal the cave entrance and find a place for the sled dogs. Coincidentally, while she was busying herself with the tasks, she suddenly heard a low groan.
Zhou Xiaoxiao hurried over to Yu Xingzhi’s side, asking, “You’re awake?”
She touched his forehead to feel it burning.
”Ba…bastard.” He continued to murmur in his dream. “St…stop…let go of me.”
He was burning up so badly that he started to talk nonsense, making Zhou Xiaoxiao anxious.
“It’s me, I’m back.” She could only comfort him in a gentle voice.
She finished cooking the herbs for ally inflammation and she helped the weak patient up, carefully feeding him the medicine. After that, she was about to turn around when she heard a vague voice.
“Don’t…don’t go. Don’t abandon me.”
Zhou Xiaoxiao’s heart felt bitter.
She sat by Yu Xingzhi’s side and held his hands, saying softly, “I won’t go. Don’t be scared.”
He was in an unconscious, so he couldn’t hear any voices. But from time to time, he would let out a few deep groans.
Zhou Xiaoxiao thought, if you had begged me before I left, I probably wouldn’t have left you. Yet, you just had to bid farewell to me like a polite gentleman and told me how grateful you are. Now that you’re burning up, what’s the use of saying that anymore?
She felt ashamed and guilty, so she doubled the effort in taking care of Yu Xingzhi. She wiped his neck, armpits, feet, and hands with cool water constantly. She changed the towel on his forehead time after time until his high temperature finally dropped and he slowly woke up.
Yu Xingzhi opened his eyes to see Zhou Xiaoxiao and her sparkling star-like eyes. There seemed to be thousands of words he wanted to say, but he couldn’t make out any. In the end, he revealed a weak smile, but this made a crack in Zhou Xiaoxiao’s icy heart.
Yu Xingzhi fought a tedious battle with the fever as he started to burn up, after the temperature dropped, again and again.
He was in between a conscious and unconscious state from time to time, but he could feel a warm body holding his hands while he was unconscious, gently encouraging him.