Here’s a list of names, in case someone couldn’t remember them:
Level 8 team
张章 Zhang Zhang (leader)
富春 Fu Chun (chef)
尤星 You Xing (young girl)
杜凤 Du Feng (older sister)
杜军 Du Jun (younger brother)
Han Yu (Real estate agent)
Jiang Yiran (college young man)
Qi Shan (young girl)
Though Lou Fan said that, their purpose in coming down is to find the Chang snake so Zhang Zhang didn't think there is anything wrong with it. Only the junior team felt the decision is wrong. Their purpose is to find Longjing grass and though they did promise to help the intermediate team, they didn’t mean to help this way.
Zhang Zhang soon felt a little unhappy, but he still asked, "Then, what do you think we should do?"
When it comes to own interests, people generally are like this, and they will be suspicious of others.
Hearing that, Qin Tan became unhappy, and said in a deep voice, "Should make a plan accordingly, so that we won't be caught off guard. In case we encounter danger, we can escape in time instead of rushing forward like this recklessly." As an intermediate team, isn't this basic common sense?
Qin Tan said his opinion without any politeness in it. Wen Lang, Jiang Dong, and Chen Shuyang all showed displeasure on their faces, and they looked at the other Level 8 team members with sympathy.
Zhang Zhang suddenly felt that he didn’t think out the plan well and was too impatient. Fortunately, he is someone who doesn’t mind lowering himself and saying apologetically, "I was in a hurry and didn't think carefully. So, let's discuss it first. Stopping for a moment for this won’t take much time."
Although Zhang Zhang said this, Lou Fan has lost interest in the discussion. He turned around and walked to the side against the wall, staring at the 5 holes and thinking about something.
Qin Tan glanced at Lou Fan sideways but continued to discuss with Zhang Zhang, Jiang Dong got pulled by him to join the discussion. Wen Lang and Chen Shuyang walked over to Lou Fan’s side and followed his gaze to the 5 holes.
Chen Shuyang stared for a long time and didn't figure anything out. If don’t understand, one should ask so he asked Lou Fan, "Brother Lou, what did you see?"
Lou Fan: "I didn't see anything."
Wen Lang: "Then why are you staring at the holes?"
Lou Fan: "Decide whether I want to cast lots or not."
Wen Lang & Chen Shuyang: …
Even if they are used to Lou Fan's unusual way of thinking, they still get black lines on their face [=.=ll] by Lou Fan’s random actions. If the intermediate team heard Lou Fan, they would probably have doubts about Lou Fan’s IQ. But the junior team got used to it so they didn't think that Lou Fan’s strangeness is surprising.
Chen Shuyang: "Didn't Brother Qin say that there is a snake passed through that hole? Why don't we go that way?"
Lou Fan rolled his eyes at Chen Shuyang before saying, "Are you stupid?! Do we have the strength to chase after the snake (and kill it)? Of course not, so we're going to sneak around. Even if we want to kill the snake, we can't just bump it by ourselves. Got to catch it off guard, do you understand! Chasing the snake like this? If you encounter 2 or 3 of them at the same time, who can run faster, you or them? Since we already know that there must be snakes in that hole, we should kill them one by one, right?!" After speaking, Lou Fan sighed, "I think I need to consider changing teammates after I go back."
Chen Shuyang instantly looked like he is about to cry, "Brother Lou, I was wrong! Whatever you say is correct, I have no opinion!"
Wen Lang watched at the side with relish, and suddenly interjected, "Brother Lou, what if you drew the lot and ended up picking that hole?" Isn't this a slap in the face?
Lou Fan: "You might be stupid but I'm not. Don't I know to exclude that hole before casting lots?"
Wen Lang: Why does that make so much sense!
Wen Lang & Chen Shuyang vs Lou Fan, Lou Fan wins.
Chen Shuyang quickly took out a pen and paper from his backpack and handed it to Lou Fan. Lou Fan numbered the entrance of the hole and wrote it down. Then, he made 4 paper balls and spread them out on the ground.
The three of them squatted together in a circle, how strange it looked.
Lou Fan is about to take a paper ball when a white ball of lightning jumped out from his chest pocket. Next, a ball of paper on the ground immediately disappeared with the ball of white. His chest pocket twitched, and then a ball of paper is thrown out. Lou Fan even heard the sound of the fur ball sticking out its tongue in his chest pocket so he laughed out unkindly.
"You thought it's butter beans? It's paper." In order to appease the displeased fur ball, Lou Fan handed it a butter bean. The paper ball dropped on the ground is still fine so Lou Fan grabbed it and took a look, "Okay, we’ll just choose this one."
Chen Shuyang & Wen Lang: … Felt powerless to complain.
The three of them at the side have already made a hasty decision, while Qin Tan, Jiang Dong, and Zhang Zhang also finished analyzing the pros and cons. Qin Tan came over and looked at his team members crouching on the ground with some paper balls in front of them.
Jiang Dong: It's not what I think it is, is it?
Lou Fan looked up at Qin Tan, "We have decided which hole to go in the fairest way." He pointed out a hole.
Qin Tan laughed, "The fairest way? Drawing lots?"
Lou Fan nodded, with an expression that is asking for compliments.
Jiang Dong palmed his forehead, feeling that he is about to faint.
Qin Tan: "En, it's fair. We’ll just listen to you."
The other members of the team: ...
Brother Qin! Such dishonest words, how could you say it out?!
Zhang Zhang agreed to listen to Qin Tan and the others’ suggestions. It doesn't matter which way he decides to go in the end anyway because it won't be the hole Qin Tan mentioned just now.
A group of 10 people walked forward, each with a flashlight. The combined light source is like daytime, and the surrounding environment can be clearly seen. Qin Tan is leading the group while Zhang Zhang's team is at the back.
Referring to the Longjing grass found by Wen Lang, the grass is indeed a little small so they need to concentrate to find it. The cave is dark and deep, and they don’t know it will come to an end. Lou Fan glanced at his watch. They had been walking for about half an hour but they are still in the hole.
Soon, another fork appeared, and there are 5 holes to choose from.
Lou Fan has sharp eyes and spotted something. "There is Longjing grass, 2 of them."
After Lou Fan finished speaking, he immediately became vigilant, and the bow on his back is already in his hand. The people behind also heard his voice and made preparations to meet the enemy.
2 stalks of Longjing grass means 2 Chang snakes.
Qin Tan nodded at Lou Fan before stepping forward. After he plucked the Longjing grass, he turned it over to Lou Fan to put it away. The next moment, a rustling sound came from the entrance of the cave. The moment the snake’s head appeared, 10 people who are ready to fight immediately attacked.
This snake is 2 times bigger than the one above ground, but fortunately, they can still handle it. This time, they are not as unprepared as that time. Wen Lang and Jiang Dong restrained the snake's head and tail, while the other 8 people punched and stabbed it. Soon, the snake gradually weakened. You Xing stepped forward boldly and waved her flower at the head of the snake. Instantly, the snake became confused. It turns out her flower has a psychedelic effect.
As the group ‘happily’ fighting and the Chang snake is about to be beaten to death, the fur ball in Lou Fan's chest pocket jumped out, which startled Lou Fan.
"Furball, where are you going?" Lou Fan shouted out.
The fur ball can be seen swiftly running to the other Longjing grass, and it quickly came back with the grass. It raised its short paws and handed the grass to Lou Fan, looking cute as if asking for credit.
Lou Fan couldn't help it and laugh out helplessly. What to do? The grass is already picked up. He immediately shouted, "Quickly finish the snake, the next one is coming."
Hearing that, everyone felt a shudder in their heart, and they immediately increased the speed of their attack. Qin Tan zoomed over and guarded the upcoming Chang snake with Lou Fan. Fortunately, the moment this one came out, the first snake is finally killed and it fell to the ground with a thud, making a loud noise.
The second Chang snake is even bigger than the previous one. They just finished one but before they could stop to take a breath, another one comes right away. What to do? They can only grit their teeth and hold on.
Wen Lang and Jiang Dong contributed the most, it is no joke to restrain the snake's head and tail. Lou Fan circled around the snake's head and shoot it in the eyes, but the snake is too big and the swinging degree is too large for him to shoot accurately. Seeing that Wen Lang is about to lose his strength, Lou Fan hurriedly took over Wen Lang's chain whip and wrapped it around the bandage given by Jiang Dong, barely preventing it to slip away.
Zhang Zhang roared, "Hold on, hold on, it is about to die."
Lou Fan gritted his teeth and pulled, and took the time to look at Jiang Dong. "Chen Shuyang, go and help Jiang Dong to pull. The rest of you guys hurry up, we can't hold it anymore!"
The snake arched its body and Qin Tan dodged under the snake's belly. With his Tang sword, he stabbed into the snake's belly. The Chang snake struggled even more, Lou Fan and Jiang Dong are on the verge of losing their strength. The snake's skin is so thick that Zhang Zhang's chainsaw could only cut through its scales and inflict shallow wounds.
Qin Tan's arms bulged slightly as his hands clenched the handle of the knife. He pushed with force, and his whole person moved forward. A stream of fishy blood poured down from above his head, but fortunately, he moved to avoid it so he didn't get drenched. However, the fishy stench still covered Qin Tan from top to bottom.
The people who were pulling at the snake loosened their hold and the Chang snake slumped to the ground weakly. Blood flowed out from the snake's belly and sprayed all over the place. The stench is so strong that it made people feel dizzy.
At this moment, everyone is super tired. They found a clean place to sit and rest. For a while, the surroundings are so quiet that only the sound of gasping could be heard. As Lou Fan rubbed his wrists, the fur ball came out of his chest pocket. Recalling that this is the culprit of their trouble, Lou Fan slapped the fur ball’s bottom.
"Who asked you to pick it up randomly?!" Lou Fan scolded sternly.
The fur ball chirped twice and looked shrunk like a deflated balloon.
"Do you know what you did wrong?"
It’s fine if it knows its mistake. Lou Fan takes out a butter bean to the fur ball, a typical example of a stick and carrot approach.
"Jijiji!" The voice sounded very cheerful.
The Longjing grass they obtained is kept by Lou Fan, there are 3 in total. The task progress on the watch has also changed to 3/10.
After some fighting, it is already nighttime now. But because they are in the cave, they are unaware of the day or night. Everyone is exhausted and needs to replenish their energy. Each took out their own dry food and began to eat. The cave is not like the outside where they can make a camp fire to boil water. At moments like this, it’s already good enough to have dry food and cold water to fill the stomach.
After enough rest, food, and drink, they planned to continue walking. Even if they want to rest, this place is impossible. The blood on the ground will smell disgusting, not to mention the ferocious dead snake head. They are afraid that they will have nightmares sleeping with the head.
Zhang Zhang dissected the Chang snake, but there is still nothing to gain. But Lou Fan suddenly said, it would be great if the snake skin could be peeled off, which is a good material to make equipment. However, there is no tool at hand right now, so they can only give up.
When it is time to choose which entrance to proceed to, Wen Lang and Chen Shuyang prayed in their hearts that Lou Fan would not use the ‘fairest method’ to choose again. Otherwise, Zhang Zhang might vomit 3 liters of blood. Lou Fan thought for 2 seconds this time, then pointed to one of the holes where the 2 snakes came out.
The group did not ask why, dragging their tired bodies forward. However, this time, they didn't walk for long. After about 10 minutes, Qin Tan, who is in the lead, stopped. The hole that can only accommodate two people side by side makes it impossible for the people behind to know what is in front, but the bright light lets them know that they have reached a bright place.
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