Cub Raising Association

酒矣

Chapter 12

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Powerful backing

It was time for the employees to eat and Xie Tao therefore had to reluctantly put the cub down. Just thinking about the fact that some days ago the cub was still in its egg, Xie Tao felt very uneasy and gave the cub one last glance.

As the others seemed to, unconsciously or not, distance themselves from this cub, Xie Tao had taken it upon himself to take proper care of him and he had unknowingly become somewhat overprotective.

According to Xia Qi, the cub was now free to move around outside the hatching room. But Xie Tao, as a human, had been very aware of how cold the weather recently had been and when he saw the cub, his first impulse was therefore to pick him up and use his own body temperature to warm him.

Sometimes when Xie Tao needed his hands free, he would even pull down the zipper on his jacket and place the Knox cub inside. It worked best if he sat down so after preparing the food, Xie Tao picked up the cub again and put him inside while he ate.

“We will get something delicious today, the investor and Vice President of our club has personally cooked. Let’s just agree to not fight over the food this time.” Xia Qi said this to everyone but it was mainly for Zarad, because among the employees, he was the only one who had not yet tasted Xie Tao’s delicious cooking. Everyone else had already experienced it and was now a little more restrained.

Although Zarad had fixed his image a bit and didn’t look as scary, he was still distant and quiet. He only nodded slightly when Xia Qi looked over at him and did not say anything.

As a former General, he had not lacked good food, he had once even spent tens of thousands on one dish containing the rare Golden Crab. However, he had also eaten a lot of “employee meals” with his solders and he knew not to expect too much. However he didn’t say this out loud. Because, despite coming across as having no social skills, Zarad still had enough emotional intelligence to know not to express his rude thoughts.

After doing her announcement, Xia Qi disappeared into the kitchen. While waiting, Zarad went and sat down at the table, but suddenly he felt an entrancing smell. Xia Qi was walking towards them with the dishes and Zarad couldn’t help but turn his head in her direction and follow the dishes with his eyes as they were placed on the table. Just looking at them instantly awoke his resting stomach and although he hadn’t felt especially hungry before, he was now starving.

How could there be such a tempting fragrance? Zarad recognized the main ingredients used in the dishes, but feeling the scent he started to doubt his own senses.

He was so distracted by the food that he didn’t even notice that the Knox cub was placed inside Xie Tao’s jacket. In fact, his eyes never even left the food and he couldn’t help but swallow.

The other people present were not surprised at seeing their new colleague in this state. Because, when they first ate the food made by the investor himself, they had been even more exaggerated than he was right now…

“If I can get such a staff meal every day, then I am even willing to work for free!” Feng Wenxian, who recently had become their accountant, said this very sincerely. Xia Qi had told him this morning that Xie Tao would cook and ever since he had this extreme craving, to the point of almost dying of longing.

Although their other new employee, Zheng Zhou, did not make a sound, his expression involuntarily revealed everything and one could see that he agreed to Feng Wenxian’s statement.

When Xie Tao heard this, he smiled and said: “I can’t do it every day, but after the financial situation of the club get better, we will recruit someone responsible for cooking and I will then teach that person the recipe.”

Many of the dishes that Xie Tao had cooked was in fact just common dishes in his world. Very basic home-cooked dishes, like fried shrimp, sweet and sour pork tenderloin, and sautéed eggplant. (T/N: Scroll to the end for food pictures.) Of course he had to change them a bit as not everything was possible to find on this planet but he had managed to find things with similar taste and the dishes were not that much different than the original dishes. As for why Feng Wenxian had the appearance of a reincarnated hungry ghost that had not eaten for 800 years, well, that had more to do with the food culture of this world…

On his first day in this world, Xie Tao had already discovered that it was quite different from his world.

There were of course catering businesses in this world too, however the catering industry was not very developed. Most people’s daily meals consisted of nutrient packets and they rarely ate at a restaurant. Even the families that could be considered regulars would only go once or twice a week.

On his first day, Xia Qi had taken out a small box filled with nutrient packets and handed it to him, saying that it was this month’s food.

Xie Tao had therefore tried nutrient packets and even though it was not repulsive or uneatable, as a person from another world he could not get use to it.

The taste of the nutrient packet’s content was bland and the texture was thick, it was a bit like drinking porridge. Although it could fill your stomach and provide enough nutrition, there was no sense of happiness when eating.

Or at least that was what Xie Tao felt, the people in this world seem to be accustomed to this way of life and at present there seemed to be no desire to change.

So after auctioning off the bonanza, Xie Tao had used a small part of the earnings and started to improve the food for himself and the other people in the club. Before when there was only nutrient packets, everyone ate alone, just hurriedly emptying it and getting back to work. But now everyone gathered together and enjoyed the food together.

The atmosphere in the club had become much better as everyone got to know each other and was more well rested and happy when they got back to work.

When the dishes were placed on the table, everyone tried to be civilized and pa.s.s the dishes around but when everyone had been served they hurriedly dug in.

Dipping the shrimp-like creature in the sauce and taking a bite out of it, Feng Wenxian couldn’t help but exclaim: “Sometimes I forget that this is not a restaurant but a nursing club, but, oh, that restaurant would definitely earn a lot of money and everyone on Gaia Star would know of it!”

It might not even stop at Gaia Star, it was possible that the word of it would travel throughout the entire universe.

Anyway, Feng Wenxian now felt that the dishes found in restaurants outside really wasn’t worth their high price. He used to think that they were delicious, but ever since he had his first staff meal here, he felt that they were no better than nutrient packets.

The dishes in those restaurants also contained some of the ingredients that the Vice President used, but they tasted entirely different. Feng Wenxian didn’t know if it was the way he prepared them or the seasoning, but there was a huge difference!

Before he had eaten here, Feng Wenxian never knew that food could be so delicious.

The rigid former General had already joined the others as they gorged themselves, leaving all table manners behind, and when he heard Feng Wenxian’s remarks, he even nodded in agreement.

The delicious Golden Crab that had cost him tens of thousands couldn’t even compare to the dishes he was eating now. After having tasted this, Zarad suddenly felt that every good meal he had ever had was bland in comparison.

Xie Tao certainly wouldn’t give up on their club and start a restaurant instead, but Feng Wenxian’s words made him think.

This world’s catering industry held great business opportunities. Although he couldn’t open a restaurant himself, maybe he could make a corresponding investment in it later?

The money from the auction was almost entirely drained and although their club gave an income, after the daily expenses, there was almost nothing left. Xie Tao thought about it, if he wanted to develop their branch of the Cub Raising a.s.sociation and make a name for it in the interstellar, then he would need a huge amount of money

They therefore needed to open a water source and reduce outflow[1]. He wanted to let the cubs in their club have a better life, and right now, with their current income, this could not be achieved. Xie Tao therefore needed to find a way to open a water source.

His plan to do that, which was not yet clear, was temporarily put aside, and after eating lunch, Xie Tao prepared to do the important thing of today, a promotional video.

Their club was located on Gaia Star and although there were many cubs on Gaia Star, not to mention the universe, it was obviously impossible for parents to notice such a low key club that no one knew of. Before the renovations began, Xie Tao had therefore thought about promoting their club by shooting a video after the place was fixed up.

Luckily there was a filming tool in the club, which was not much different from the camera used in his world.

Xie Tao bent down to pick up this “camera” and the Knox cub, who was sitting inside his jacket, put his two front paws on the zipper as to hang on and safely stay put when Xie Tao moved around.

Xie Tao had been very careful as he didn’t want the cub to fall out, but seeing his action, he relaxed a bit.

“Meah.” Feeling the youth’s stare, the round fluffy cub in the jacket looked up, and made this sound.

Meeting those beautiful light cyan eyes, Xie Tao gave a slight smile and slowed his speech as he asked. “Good, can you hold on a little longer?”

The “camera” was a little heavier than he had thought and using one hand was not convenient when filming. Normally, Xie Tao had to use at least one hand to hold the cub when he stood up with him in his jacket, but seeing as he could hold onto the zipper Xie Tao decided to let him stay in his jacket while he did the filming.

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After all, having him in his jacket, even if the cub had to hold on by himself, was still a lot better than letting the cub sit on the cold ground.

During their conversation, Zarad had stayed quiet and it was first when Ron finally started to calm down that he spoke: “My ability should be restored soon.”

He paused and then said: “I can’t explain why, but I need you to log onto your Xingyou account and go to the Cub Raising a.s.sociation platform to forward a promotional video, the branch’s name is Yunbao. When you’re done, ask some of the brats to do the same, they will listen to you.”

Ron was a little overwhelmed by the amount of information in these three sentences. He was both very shocked and delighted by the first part, but the latter instructions puzzled him.

“Forwarding that promotional video, this is for…” He was about to inquire about it but got ruthlessly interrupted by the other.

“Just do it, okey?” Zarad felt a little guilty about how he treated the other, but he couldn’t exactly tell him that he currently was a gatekeeper at that branch…

Lieutenant General Ron reflexively shrunk his neck back at his harsh tone and said. “Forward, forward, forward, okey, I will forward it right away.”

After saying this, he found that the call had been cut off. A bit disgruntled, he put the communicator down, and then immediately went to do what he had promised.

Therefore, the next morning, Xingyou exploded with speculations.

“Looking at this, that nursing club called Yunbao must really be something special, right?! To be forwarded by a lieutenant general, a major general, and around three or four other military officers. This really is – —!!”

“I went to the Star Network to check, this nursing club is not in the top three in the interstellar ranking, I couldn’t even find it and I must have at least read down to the hundred spot.”

“I don’t know what’s going on, but this club’s backing seems a bit powerful.”

A large number of comments such as these suddenly appeared in the comment area below the promotional video, and the forwarding of the video had soared to several thousand in the morning, not to mention the countless praises flooding in.

Xia Qi had felt a bit reluctant about checking on Xingyou so early in the morning as she didn’t want to be disappointed again. But she had decided to lower her expectations and look anyway. The result was that she got completely stunned by the soaring data.

She must have stood in place and stared blankly at the screen for at least ten minutes before she could believe her own eyes.

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Translator’s note:

I love it when translators do this, so here is some pictures of the food Xie Tao cooked:

Sweet and sour pork tenderloin

Fried Shrimp

Sautéed Eggplant

[1] – To open a water source and reduce outflow is an idiom that means to increase income and save on spending / to broaden the sources of income and economize on expenditure.

[2] – Lieutenant General is one rank below General and one rank above Major General.

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