With the fire that was just lit, the light was still faint.
The shadows on Ah Jin's face wavered with the light of the fire and went bright and dark.
It was not clear whether it was the reason why she was terrifying to watch with her lips curled up.
Zhou Yi watched the person’s smile in front of her and only felt a cold air rise from behind.
It was the first time she felt that the person in front of her was creepy as hell.
She hugged her arms and rubbed her arms, saying to Ah Jin, "Qiao Jin, please don't smile. It’s weird and scary. I saw that there were no more branches and went out to look for them."
Ah Jin put away her smile, "Are you not afraid? Now is the favorite time of the year for venomous snakes."
Zhou Yi forced a smile.
"Well, it should not be that unlucky if I just picked up some branches. Qiao Jin, don't scare me. I’m really getting scared."
Ah Jin handed the lighter back to her and laid back down in her sleeping bag.
"No more jokes. I'm going to sleep."
Thirteen could see that it was just a false alarm, so he, too laid down and went back to sleep.
Silence reigned in the cave.
Zhou Yi listened to the sound of their soothing breathing.
She fondled the lighter in her hand, and the cool touch from the lighter slowly calmed her down.
She used a branch to poke the fire, which grew stronger as she poked it.
The swaying firelight obscured the excitement and playfulness in her eyes.
Her lips lifted slightly.
It was getting interesting.
There were no more twists and turns after that. Ah Jin slept until dawn.
When they woke up, the three did not catch snakes for breakfast after a simple freshening up.
Instead, they simply ate a little compressed cookie.
Zhou Yi suggested that they search around the cave.
Perhaps they would find a little red flag.
Ah Jin and Thirteen considered it feasible.
After all, looking anywhere was also a search.
It was safer to make a base in that place for the time being.
The three of them started to search the area with the cave as the center again.
There was no need to be together this time, but they acted separately and agreed to meet back at the cave at noon.
Ah Jin aimlessly strolled, and luckily, found a little red flag in a snake nest.
Ah Jin killed the mother snake and took the eggs back.
Everyone in the family had to be neat, and lunch was ready.
When she returned to the cave, the two had not yet returned.
Ah Jin recalled the morning's events.
She again walked around the perimeter of the cave.
She did not find any special clues.
It was strange to say that there were several traces of snakes crawling on one side of the cave.
That was the snake island.
It was not surprising that there were traces of snakes crawling.
It was when the original character met the second team today, but now Ah Jin did not follow the original route.
She did not know if the powerful plot would send people to her.
When Thirteen returned, it was close to noon, and Ah Jin asked, "Did you get anything?"
Thirteen shook his head, "Nothing."
Ah Jin presented him with the little red flag she got.
"Here, take it. I found it."
Thirteen did not take it.
"Keep it. Be ready for anything."
If something were to happen to someone on one side, it wouldn't be a total loss.
Eleven o'clock had passed, Zhou Yi did not return according to the original plan.
"Do you want to go look for her?"
The duo searched in the direction of Zhou Yi's departure.
The road was surprisingly quiet.
There was no nuisance of venomous snakes nor Zhou Yi's cries for help.
"This is so quiet. Zhou Yi would not be dead, right?"
Did all the venomous snakes go to eat her corpse?
Thirteen sniffed the air.
"No, there is no smell of blood."
Ah Jin also did not feel the dead energy around.
There were traces of trampled grass on the path.
The duo followed the traces all the way to find the way over.
As they got closer and closer to Zhou Yi's area, the traces of destruction around them became more apparent.
Thirteen squatted on the ground and looked at the messy footsteps.
The broken branches and leaves were scattered all around.
"There are other people."
Ah Jin gazed at a particular place.
"We will know if we go and see. Maybe we can catch a big fish."
Shortly after the duo went ahead, they saw the second team.
There were two men and one woman from the second team.
They were all wearing dark blue camouflage uniforms.
A skinny man, looking cautious and scared, his eyes constantly scanned the surroundings.
It was evident that they should be terrified of snakes.
The woman looked like she was in her thirties.
She no longer had fair and youthful skin.
Her brows were slightly downcast.
She was looking at the last man uneasily.
That last man had a big build, scarred face, and vicious features.
In a TV show, he could be the bad guy's face.
He was pulling a rope in his hand.
The rope was made of vines hanging from the trees, with green moss on the surface.
A person was tied to the other end of the rope.
This person was the one they were looking for, Zhou Yi.
The fierce-looking man saw Ah Jin came to them and flashed them a grin.
The scars were more hideous because of his smile.
Thirteen was not good at negotiation, so Ah Jin stepped forward to strike up a conversation, "Hello."
Zhou Yi caught sight of them both with a hopeful look in her eyes.
The scarred man did not babble, "Give me the red flag. In return, the person will be returned to you."
Ah Jin scornfully glanced at Zhou Yi.
"Such a useless person. It would be better for you to take her away so as not to drag our feet."
Zhou Yi's eyes widened in disbelief.
The scarred man pulled the rope, Zhou Yi was dragged down to the ground.
"Not this trick. You guys won't come back for her if she's useless!"
"Don't misunderstand. We just came out to look for food and stopped by to see. Since you guys like her, I'll give her to you. Thirteen, let's go."
Ah Jin then turned around to leave.
Although Thirteen did not know what Ah Jin was thinking, he followed her with great cooperation.
Zhou Yi shouted behind her, "Why, why ah! Qiao Jin, Thirteen, you guys come back!"
The scarred man watched the duo had started to walk away and kicked Zhou Yi aside.
"What a waste. This is how I said it would be so easy to catch."
Zhou Yi was kicked to the ground, and she curled up in pain.
Thirteen, who had walked away, asked, "Don't you want to rescue?"
"Too lazy. If you want to save her, you can go yourself."
"I thought you had some kind of plan."
Ah Jin felt amused.
"The guys can't even beat you. Why do I need to have a plan."
Ah Jin halted and turned to look at him.
"Do you really think that Zhou Yi is innocent and harmless?"
Thirteen also halted.
"I don't know."
"Then, as luck would have it, let's try to test her through this incident."
"What if she’s innocent?"
"Well, we’ll save her."
Thirteen no longer spoke, sort of tacitly agreeing with Ah Jin's action.
On the other side, a woman spoke to the scarred man, "What now? Should we take this woman with us?"
"Of course not. She is not part of our team."
The skinny man remarked, "What if it's just an act of bitterness? Aren’t we taking her with us as a spy?"