Have Some Berries!

Zhang Yu and Feng Tian have just finished  their snake soup and both lean back in unison sighing.

     Zhang Yu thinks a few  sweet and juicy berries would certainly top off that meal. He is reaching for the bowl when XiXi grabs the bowl from him.

     She quickly  says, “We should allow Feng Tian to have some first, he did kill that fearsome snake you just devoured.” Zhang Yu nods in agreement.

     XiXi is one to pay back twice fold what was given to her,and is still seething a bit from his antics in the woods. I will  let him be the guinea pig to test the fruit.

     Feng Tian smiles gazing at her apprehensive expression and reaches for the bowl of berries. He politely says “Thank you Miss. Do you know the name of these red berries?”

     He is twirling a bright red berry in his hand as he savors the flavor of one.

     She replies “We just got to this island and I’m not familiar, they just looked tasty.”

     “These berries are called Fairy Death because they are beautiful and alluring but highly poisonous.”

     XiXi quickly smacks the berries out his hand without thinking and looks at him incredulously. I really didn’t want to kill him! Just teach him a lesson for messing with me! What can we do?  XiXi jumps up from the large rock she is sitting on tripping on the cloak, grabbing her father’s arm, “Get some water Dad! Hurry give him a potion or something!

     Feng Tian sits there calmly watching XiXi turn in circles tripping over her cloak. He coughs twice and continues “But, I have such a high level of cultivation the poison it doesn’t affect me.”

     He could still feel the warmth from that little hand and see her eyes get as big as saucers when she heard that. So cute! It was worth the bitter flavor of the fruit. “You should let me point out the edible fruits next time you are picking them”

    XiXi stares at Feng Tian wanting to slap the grin from his face,You were there in the woods while I picked them! You…You..

    Feng Tian laugs uproariously holding his side, “I’m just teasing you. They are called Fairy Death but just because they are very bitter.”

      XiXi picks up the bowl and throws it at him, the berries land all over him covering his robes with even a few squashed berries in his long ink black hair.

      He wipes some berries from his face and licks his finger, “Not bad.” Feng Tian could easily  have deflected with a wave of his sleeve but felt maybe he had gone too far. Let the little wild cat vent her anger.“Do you feel better now?”

“…” What a jerk!

     Zhang Yu also is laughing at this scene, he knows his daughter’s temper. He had eaten the berries before on one of his trips to this realm and rather enjoyed there sour flavor.This situation just unfolded too quickly for him to say anything.

     XiXi seeing both of them having a laugh at her expense is too much to bear.

     She grabs the clothes her father has set out for her and heads to the stream she saw earlier to cool off and change.

     Could this day get any worse?


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