Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
They continued walking forward and unknowingly, it was already four o&x2019;clock in the morning. It was a difficult time as it was almost dawn.
At this time, all the members in all three different groups were already exhausted. Although Qi Mo&x2019;s group had already made it very far as they had started off on the straightforward small road, they were all physically and emotionally drained after seven or eight hours of walking.
Therefore, their group chose to set camp on the road so that they could rest for a short while.
Xu Beishen had also stopped to take a break by the river together with the young rebellious kid. In fact, this was not their first break as both of them had already stopped to take a couple of breaks along the way.
At this time, Jiang Yuning&x2019;s group was the only group that was still moving forward.
Although the oldest and the weakest participants were both in Jiang Yuning&x2019;s group, they were all very determined and united as they made their way forward.
However, even though they tried their best, they could not stop certain unexpected and unplanned situations from occurring out of nowhere.
Just as they were about to walk out of the jungle and usher in the first stage of their victory, Jin Mingchen suddenly came down with a fever. This was possibly because they did not deal with the situation as soon as he had fallen into the river last night, causing him to catch a cold along the way. Combined with the physical exhaustion from trekking through the jungle the entire night, Jin Mingchen&x2019;s body had already reached its limits. Although he was wearing many layers of clothing on him, he did not feel hot at all, but he was still feeling cold instead.
&x201C;Sister Yuning, I am really very tired&x2026;&x201D;
Jiang Yuning turned around and she was startled when she saw Jin Mingchen&x2019;s pale face. &x201C;Here, come and sit down here first.&x201D;
Brother Zhuang and Tong Tong, who were walking up front, also stopped in their tracks.
&x201C;You are down with a high fever,&x201D; Jiang Yuning said as she touched his forehead with her hand. &x201C;Where is your first aid kit?&x201D;
&x201C;I must have lost it when I was running through the jungle aimlessly last night,&x201D; Jin Mingchen replied as he tried to keep his eyes open. &x201C;It is okay. I do not want to hold all of you back. You can continue moving forward without me.&x201D;
After listening to Jin Mingchen&x2019;s words, Tong Tong reached into his backpack and took out his first aid kit before he handed it over to Jiang Yuning. &x201C;Here, Sister Yuning. You can use my first aid kit for him.&x201D;
&x201C;The best thing that you can do for us is to keep your first aid kid properly and make sure not to lose it. The person who needs the first aid kit the most among us is you,&x201D; Jiang Yuning replied as she pushed the first aid kit back into Tong Tong&x2019;s hands. Jiang Yuning then took her own first aid kit out of her bag, only to discover that there were no painkillers or antibiotics in the first aid kit.
Jiang Yuning flared up and confronted the production team immediately. &x201C;What do you guys think you are doing? Why didn&x2019;t you put something that is so important into the first aid kit?&x201D;
&x201C;Sister Yuning, the main focus of this show is to see how the guests can survive on a desert island&x2026;the production team did not prepare any painkillers or antibiotics because the guests are supposed to overcome these problems on their own. I will call and ask if we can get any supply of antibiotics now,&x201D; one of the staff explained helplessly.
Jiang Yuning sighed as she looked at Jin Mingchen. At this time, she turned around to discuss this situation with Brother Zhuang.
&x201C;Go ahead and do whatever you need to. Tong Tong and I will set up camp here and rest while we wait for both of you. It is going to rain soon and we will not be able to keep going forward anyway,&x201D; Brother Zhuang interrupted Jiang Yuning and assured her immediately.
&x201C;I will bring him to the river to look for a willow tree.&x201D;
&x201C;Sister Yuning, I really do not want to hold you back,&x201D; Jin Mingchen said as he thought about the consequences of Jiang Yuning wasting her time on him.
&x201C;Stop talking nonsense. Get up. We have to go now,&x201D; Jiang Yuning replied as she helped Jin Mingchen up.
Jin Mingchen was very touched. Enduring the pain and discomfort that he was feeling, he quickly followed after Jiang Yuning&x2019;s footsteps. The two of them disappeared into the jungle very quickly, leaving Brother Zhuang and Tong Tong behind.
&x201C;Brother Zhuang&x2026;what if we lose the mission because of this?&x201D; Tong Tong suddenly asked Brother Zhuang as soon as Jiang Yuning and Jin Mingchen were out of sight.
After all, Jin Mingchen was a member of their opposing group but the three of them had already wasted a lot of unnecessary time on him.
&x201C;If we lose, then we lose. It is no big deal. We can just treat this as an experience from which we have learned to work together and help one another through times of adversity. When it is time to film the next episode, we will definitely be able to put what we have learned today to use and then, we will be undefeatable. I really admire Yuning.&x201D;
&x201C;Me too! I think that she is really very capable!&x201D;
The production team was also very touched when they heard the conversation between Brother Zhuang and Tong Tong. This was because along the way, the members of the other two groups had been arguing and having disagreements throughout the night. Jiang Yuning&x2019;s group was the only one to continuously encourage, accommodate, and stand by one another despite their differences in opinion.
It was so heartwarming and encouraging to watch them!
At this time, Jiang Yuning had already led Jin Mingchen to the river and after walking for about forty minutes, they finally stumbled upon a willow tree by the river bank. Jiang Yuning felt as though this was a gift from heaven.
She quickly sat Jin Mingchen down by the willow tree before she started scraping the bark of the willow tree.
This was because in the olden days, the earliest extract of the painkiller aspirin was derived from the bark of the willow tree.
After collecting some willow bark, Jiang Yuning quickly started a bonfire nearby. She used a tattered and old black pot to boil the bark into tea for Jin Mingchen.
Jin Mingchen gulped the tea down immediately. He was so grateful to Jiang Yuning at this time that he was even willing to give his life to her if she had asked for it.
Both of them were exhausted and tired as they packed up and got ready to return to their camp site. At this time, both of them suddenly saw Xu Beishen heading towards them with a flashlight in her hand.
Xu Beishen had come this way because she saw the light coming from the bonfire. When she saw Jiang Yuning all alone with Jin Mingchen, she could not help but ask, &x201C;What are both of you doing here? A man and woman all alone in the middle of the night&x2026;&x201D;
&x201C;Shameless!&x201D; Jin Mingchen yelled immediately.
&x201C;Be more civilized,&x201D; Jiang Yuning reminded him.
Jin Mingchen was extremely furious when he saw Xu Beishen and he quickly turned around and told Jiang Yuning, &x201C;Sister Yuning, you can leave me with her now. I will follow her from now on, since she is supposed to be my group leader. Anyway, I am already down with a high fever. If she refuses to care for me and look after me, then I will just announce that I want to give up and withdraw from the mission immediately.&x201D;
&x201C;Are you sure about this? You have not fully recovered yet&x2026;&x201D;
&x201C;Yes. I want to follow her and stick by her. If my own group leader is not able to look after me and ensure my safety, then how could she be regarded as a group leader?&x201D;
&x201C;Alright then.&x201D; Jiang Yuning stood up immediately before she walked towards Xu Beishen and said coldly, &x201C;Make sure to take good care of your own team member.&x201D;
Xu Beishen suddenly got angry and asked, &x201C;Wouldn&x2019;t you be happier if you kept following your dear Sister Yuning?&x201D;
&x201C;Yes, I would but I do not want to hold her back any longer. I want to stick by you now. You can only blame yourself for having such a filthy mouth. Aren&x2019;t you going to come over and help me up now?&x201D;
Xu Beishen was speechless.
Since Jiang Yuning was no longer held back by Jin Mingchen, her steps were much quicker and she was more agile than ever. When she finally made it back to their camp site, Tong Tong was already fast asleep, while Brother Zhuang was keeping watch.
&x201C;Where is the boy?&x201D;
&x201C;We ran into Xu Beishen along the way and he insisted on following Xu Beishen no matter what happens. He said that he did not want to hold us back anymore,&x201D; Jiang Yuning replied as she laughed.
&x201C;You must be exhausted too. Go and nap for a short while. We will start walking again tomorrow,&x201D; Brother Zhuang said, gesturing towards the tent that he had already set up behind Jiang Yuning.
&x201C;I will nap for forty minutes before I get up and take watch so you can rest&x2026;&x201D;
At this time, about one-thirds of the twenty-four-hour time limit had already passed. Based on the distance that they had already travelled, Qi Mo&x2019;s group was already way ahead of the other two.
After their short break, Jiang Yuning&x2019;s group washed up before they set off again. After trekking through the jungle for another half hour, they finally made it out of the jungle and ushered in their first stage of victory!
&x201C;Although this might sound very cruel, I would still like to remind you guys that the members of group three are already about eight kilometres ahead of you.&x201D;
&x201C;It is okay. They will still have to make it through the jungle,&x201D; Brother Zhuang replied as he comforted Jiang Yuning. &x201C;Alright then, we can move forward from now on without any stress.&x201D;
The three of them remained very optimistic and therefore, the reminder given to them by the production crew did not caused them to waver or be disappointed at all.
However, just after they had taken the first few steps out of the jungle, they suddenly heard the production crew yelling at them to stop. &x201C;Sister Yuning, you might have to stop and wait for a short while. We have encountered a very special and unexpected situation.&x201D;
&x201C;Sister Yuning&x2026;&x201D; The three of them were wondering what might have happened but at this time, they saw the production crew ushering Jin Mingchen towards them.
All three of them were shocked.
I thought we had already agreed that you will be following your own group leader?
&x201C;This is what has happened. The production crew have already gone to search for Miss Xu. Therefore, we can only leave Jin Mingchen with you so that we can be certain of his safety. We do not feel comfortable leaving him all alone since he is already ill right now.&x201D;