Forest Survival: From Logging to Login - Chapter 28
Yet before he could rest, Ed still had one very important thing to do, something that he’d force himself to do every night without fail. Patrol!
Every night before he went to sleep, he would make sure to check for any wild beasts or other dangers around him.
After the tiger attack, he’d only grow even more vigilant.
Lighting a torch, Ed scanned the surroundings of his open space, as well as looking through the surrounding bushes.
He’d never know when there might be a potential danger lurking in the bushes one day.
After confirming his safety, he returned to the side of the fire once again.
Little Treasure looked to be comfortably asleep. Its belly was covered with a small piece of tiger skin that Ed had cut off. From time to time, it would shift its sleeping posture. It really was a restless little thing.
Ed lay on the ground as he looked up at the strange moon in the sky.
He remained deep in thought for quite a while. As he closed his eyes, questions began to surface one after another.
What was that ancient voice? Why had they been sent here? How were they supposed to get out?
After a long time, Ed fell asleep.
Under the moonlight, the trees continued to grow stronger as usual, and those that had been cut down stood once again.
Ed woke up.
As he sneezed, he vaguely recalled that the temperature seemed to have fallen a lot over the past few days. He didn’t care too much about it. Perhaps this world also had four seasons.
Little Treasure’s entire body was curled up snugly under the small piece of tiger skin. It seemed that it had also noticed the temperature drop. After all, it made sense that animals were much more sensitive to this than humans.
Ed’s hands slowly approached Little Treasure and lifted the tiny blanket, beginning the mandatory daily wake-up call.
Not long after, Little Treasure woke up. A trail of dried drool remained stuck below its mouth. Ed wondered what delicious foods the little squirrel had dreamt about last night.
It had grown used to Ed’s wake-up calls as it slept near him.
Little Treasure groggily awoke for a moment, but it was soon defeated by its sleepiness. Snatching back its piece of tiger skin, it scuttled around a bit before finding a spot to return to sleep peacefully.
Ed had grown used to this, so he did not disturb the little rodent anymore.
Next, it was time to sign in. This was something that he could only do once a day.
“Check in,” Ed ordered the system.
[ Ding! Check in successful! ]
[ Ding! Congratulations on obtaining a gold-quality multi-purpose furnace forging blueprint! ]
As soon as the system was finished speaking, Ed opened up his storage space.
Information detailing the blueprint aptly appeared in his mind.
[ Gold-quality Multi-Purpose Furnace Forging Blueprint: A perfect furnace. The temperatures within it are high enough to melt metals. Can be used for burning, casting, hammering, and a series of other uses. ]
An all-purpose furnace!
This was also something that Ed needed at the moment.
After all, the materials required to build the wooden house had included bricks, and a variety of metals. Acquiring this multi-purpose furnace would make it simple to obtain them.
Ed was beginning to wonder if the system somehow favoured him. Every time he lacked something, it seemed like it would send over exactly what he needed. If the system could speak now, it would definitely regard him as a narcissist.
After understanding the full use of this multi-purpose furnace, Ed went to check what materials he would need to craft this thing.
This was what he had been most worried about. If the required materials for this were also ridiculously expensive, then he would really be at a loss.
[ Materials required: metal sheet x520, glass x20, plastic x30, iron nail x30… ]
Seeing this, Ed was relieved.
He already had most of the required materials. Only a few of the more precious ones were still missing, but they would not be too difficult to obtain. Based on his current situation, he was already halfway on his progress to building the wooden house.
He was starting to look forward to seeing the appearance of the house that he would build in the future. The path there would not be easy, however, with this multi-purpose furnace, he could at least make bricks and metal ingots.
The process of making the latter would be much simpler. Making bricks would definitely be a little cumbersome, and the time needed for it would take long.
Ed shook his head. Take your time… This kind of thing should not be rushed.
He put aside the idea for the time being. When the time came, he would make it.
He arrived in front of the apple tree.
The last ripe fruit had already been picked earlier. The ones on the tree now were not yet completely ripe. They were green, so he knew that he definitely could not eat it.
He would have to wait for red apples. Eating them when they were still green was a surefire way to get diarrhea.
Ed then wandered to the corn field.
Blessed by the gold-quality soil, the speed of the corn’s growth was rapid. The second wave of corn was already ready. These were not only his rations, but also feed for the chickens that he was raising in captivity.
The chickens had never eaten such delicious corn grains before. Every time he sprinkled a handful, it was almost not enough for them. Fortunately, the corn matured quickly. Otherwise, Ed may not have been able to sustain them.
Of course, he would have to kill them eventually. When he got hungry, he would naturally have to eat them. He wouldn’t be raising so many chickens for nothing.
Ed’s stomach growled in hunger as he laid a hand on it.
He was craving another meal of grilled fish, retrospectively recalling the sumptuousness of yesterday’s meal.
“I’ll carry on eating grilled fish these few days!”
After making up his mind, he was ready to begin.
He chose the lucky fish to be used as the main ingredient of today’s meal.
Then, he rinsed it in clean water before peeling off the scales and digging out its guts. Finally, he washed it again.
The fish was clean and ready to be cooked just like that.
Adding wood to a burning fire, he started roasting.
After having done this once before already, this time, Ed’s movements were much faster.
He flipped and spun it as he sprinkled on some salt. Everything was done in one go, his movements swift and efficient, without deviation.
Soon, a fragrance had spread out, intoxicating and enticing.
Little Treasure, who had caught a whiff of this, had left its warm quilt at some point, snapping right awake.
If there was anything more important than sleeping, it would be delicious food.
Ed broke off a piece of fish and handed it to the squirrel.
Today, he needed Little Treasure to find more treasure tree holes. It would need the food to have the strength to work.
One piece of fish would definitely not be enough for the little rodent, so he went to roast another one.
Little Treasure began to eat.