(Sponsored chapter 3/5)
Chenqiao is actually not too far from the factory building, only ten miles away. Ji Cha went to the factory early the next day to see the progress, then took advantage of the time before the sun fully coming out, and rode his electric scooter to the orchard in Chenqiao.
It is true that the orchard can no longer be in business. Before entering the narrow road, Ji Cha saw a crooked handwritten billboard on the road outside: CLOSING SALE! Low prices. Fruit trees ten years old.
He rode all the way in, only to see a large area of fruit trees, one or two workers are cutting down some.
Ji Cha looked around, it turned out that a large number of fruit trees were withered and yellow, and only less than one-third of the hundreds of trees were alive. No wonder the orchards can’t continue to open, what kind of business can do well in this state.
After a short drive in, Ji Cha finally saw a few houses. No one was seen outside, so he parked the scooter and called out, “Anyone there?” It took more than ten seconds before someone responded, “Wait, wait.”
A dark-skinned middle-aged man ran out from behind, unable to hide his sad face. He tried his best to deal with Ji Cha, “Are you here to buy fruit trees?”
The man looked at Ji Cha up and down, then tilted his head to look at the little electric donkey beside Ji Cha, and his attitude was obviously negligent, “If you’re not here to buy, I’m going back to work.”
The sun is slowly coming out, and it is very hot outside.
“Let’s go inside the house and make a deal,” Ji Cha didn’t want to hang around outside, and went inside first.
The middle-aged man hurriedly chased after him, “Are you going to buy or not?”
“Buy,” Ji Cha walked into the room, fanned himself with his hand, and asked, “I want to buy an apple tree and a pear tree. If I also want to add two orange trees, what do you say the price would be?”
The middle-aged man breathed a sigh of relief and said, “My fruit trees here are all good varieties. If it wasn’t for a sudden disaster, I wouldn’t sell them like this. The apple tree is eight years old, and it is one thousand. As for pear and orange trees, there and 5 and 10 years respectively. They are also one thousand each, if it was not for the disaster, I would not be willing to sell it even if it tripled.”
Ji Cha estimated the price and thought it was a good deal. If the apple tree is well cared for, the output of a tree can reach several hundred kilograms, which is very cost-effective.
“Boss, when did this fruit tree start to die? It won’t die when I buy it back, right?” Ji Cha felt that this should be asked clearly.
“No, no,” the middle-aged man hurriedly retorted, “It started to die a month ago, inexplicably! Some of them died overnight. I asked experts in the city to look at them, but they couldn’t find the reason at all, but Fortunately, not only did the remaining saplings not die, but I think they are growing better than before, but my orchard here can’t continue to grow, so there is no way but to sell them.”
Speaking of which, many plants get influenced by the virus one way or another, whether good or bad, during the last days. According to what the middle-aged man said about the remaining saplings growing better than before, Ji Cha has no doubts.
There have also been species that have adapted to the end of the world and have begun to show characteristics that are superior to the past.
“If you are buying, we will take care of the whole process and deliver it to your place.” The middle-aged man added; he was afraid that Ji Cha would change his mind.
Ji Cha shook his head, “No need, I’ll have someone drive over to pick them up tomorrow.” He took out two thousand dollars from his wallet and handed it to the middle-aged man, “This is the deposit, I’ll come here tomorrow morning at this time, please help me prepare them.”
The middle-aged man took the money and counted it, nodded and said, “Okay, then I’ll help you pick out a few good trees first.”
In midsummer, it gets hot at noon, making people feel unbearable.
Ji Cha slept in the ventilated place on the first floor of the factory building, while the rest of the workers gathered around the two stand-up air conditioners, blowing cold air, with four or five large watermelons and a large bucket of mung bean soup in front of them.
Speaking of Ji Cha, he was praised for his generosity, but the person himself was just taking advantage of the electricity that’s still available; it’s only a matter of time it will be completely cut off after the end of days begin.
There was a lot of noises over there. Ji Cha tossed and turned for a while and couldn’t sleep. He was secretly thinking about purchasing food and medicine.
The phone suddenly rang twice at this time, and Ji Cha could guess that it was a text message from that pervert without even looking.
“Last night, my dreams were all wet because of you.”
Ji Cha held the phone and squinted slightly, looked back and forth several times before putting the phone down again. A dream is a dream, what the hell is with wet?
“Maybe because the weather is hot.” He thought about it and replied.
“I can’t control the matter of thinking about you.” The other party’s recovery speed was as fast as ever.
In the environment where the background sound was nibbling on watermelon and drinking sugar water, Ji Cha turned over and replied in a big way, “Then think about it all you want, you won’t have to think about it in one month.”
“Because of the end of the world?” The response from the other side was surprisingly quick.
Ji Cha typed quickly on his mobile phone, “Yes, the world will be full of living dead, eating human flesh, biting people when they see them, and those who are bitten will also become living dead, the world will be in chaos, who knows whether you will be bitten and become the one who bites others.”
After this text message, there was no reply from the other side for a long time.
Ji Cha was speechless, thinking that he was scared? Just as he was about to put the phone aside for a nap, a call came in suddenly.
He hurriedly looked down and surprise to see that it was Liang Jincheng.
“Hello?” Ji Cha got up and walked to a less crowded place, and then said to the person on the other end of the phone, “Senior, do you have anything to say to me?”
“Are you still happy on vacation at home?” Liang Jincheng’s deep voice came from the phone.
“Every day is very fulfilling!” Ji Cha said.
This is true, he now rides around with the electric scooter almost without rest every day.
“Okay,” Liang Jincheng said with a smile, “You guys start school in September, right? I’m going to S city at the end of August. Do you want to hitch a ride back?”
End of August? The troubled times would have not yet fully erupted by then. Once Liang Jincheng gets here to pick him up, he would take the opportunity to delay for two days, and Liang Jincheng wouldn’t be able to leave if he wanted to. Ji Cha felt that this arrangement was good, and immediately agreed, “Okay, it’s a deal.”
After hanging up the phone with Liang Jincheng, Ji Cha was in a good mood. After walking around the room for two laps, he simply stopped taking a nap, and went to Zhang Xing’s place to study the solar car with him.
In fact, solar cars have long been successfully invented in the European countries, but the design of the panel covering the car body is like exposing one’s flesh to the zombies in the end of the world. If this car dares to drive out, it will be skinned on the spot.
And it’s not worth it in terms of body cost. After the two discussed it, they decided to overturn it.
“There are actually more types of electric vehicles now, but the reinforcement requirements you mentioned are more difficult, and they can only be obtained by sending the car to a special auto repair shop.” Zhang Xing continued, “and the key is that many types of modifications are not allowed by the law, what exactly are you going to use this car for?”