|“||I love the warm feeling of spring!||”|
A girl who enjoys spring time traveling. She often asks Master Attendant to join her and is always thoroughly prepared for her trip. She may seem really clingy, but it's just her caring and gentle personality.
In the early days, China had a Cold Food Festival. This festival eventually merged with Tomb-Sweeping Day. Qingtuan was a desert consumed during the Cold Food Festival that has carried over to the Tomb-Sweeping Day menu. A glutinous rice dyed emerald-green by Chinese mugwort plants, this desert is filled with a delicious red bean paste. It's a delicacy that everyone can enjoy!
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|Contract||Master Attendant, the stars must have been aligned just right for us to meet.|
|Log In||You're back. You're always so busy! Please make sure to rest.|
|Ice Arena||Things that are too cold may not be good...|
|Ascend||Mmm, the clean scent of mud in the springtime...|
|Fatigue||I must be hard to look at right now... Please leave me alone...|
|Recovering||Although I'm not fully healed, I feel so much better now...|
|Team Formation||The pear blossoms are in full bloom, that's a good omen.|
|Notice||Isn't this fragrance appealing?|
|Idle 1||Master? Master? Oh... never mind. It seems you're busy, I'll just hang around and watch instead.|
|Idle 2||Is this springtime rain a result of all the sad people out there?|
|Idle 3||This won't do... being lazy simply won't do.|
|Interaction 1||The color green is the symbol of life. It has the ability to make people feel relaxed and happy.|
|Interaction 2||I prepared this snack for you. Won't you try it?|
|Interaction 3||How about we go for a walk? It's too warm and beautiful a day to stay cooped up inside.|
|Pledge||From now on, the mountains and rivers that we see when we go for walks will become our shared memories.|
|Intimacy 1||This is the sachet I made for you; you have to take it with you.|
|Intimacy 2||You often go out without me by your side. Take care of yourself and don't catch a cold.|
|Intimacy 3||I can never get tired of looking at you; it always feels so refreshing. I guess... our mutual affection is real.|
|Victory||I did alright, didn't I?|
|Defeat||Just a minor setback, we'll get'em next time!|
|Feeding||You've done so much for me, thank you~|
|Driving Rain event|
- Qingtuan's name was incorrectly changed to Matcha Rice upon release then was changed back to Qingtuan.
- The Qingming Festival (or Tomb-Sweeping Day) is held on the first day of the fifth solar term of the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar, corresponding to April 4th or 5th of the Gregorian calendar.
- Another Food Soul related to this festival is Zitui Bun.
This Story has been fan-translatedby BasilCosmo.. Official translations will be added when they become available.
I. Temporary rain
At the beginning of the Spring Festival, the sky was bright and clear. The perfect weather to perform rituals, work the land and travel. The thunder roared, the rain poured down, and the paths were muddy. The rain hit my body like a waterfall, as I sat on my knees in the cemetery, not having the slightest desire to hold up my green umbrella for shelter.
"The calendar must have been wrong. How can such weather be suitable for traveling?"
A familiar male voice, mingled with the sound of rain, sounded quietly during the trance, and I subconsciously turned back. Yet there was nothing but a row of cold stone monuments standing in the wind and rain. There was only the sound of rainwater dripping from my ears, that familiar male voice must have been nothing more than a hallucination of mine. He’s already gone, and he won’t come back. Reaching out and gently stroking the inscription on the stone slab, I confirmed this fact again. The rain mixed with tears dripped down my face with a strange tingle. Raising my sleeve to wipe it away, I realized it was melted face powder.
“Master Attendant, it looks like that Qingtuan’s make-up is ruined.” Barely pulling a smile, I whispered to the tombstone. “You said you like to look at women with drawn eyebrows and lip glossed lips, so Qingtuan went learning a little…”
“But why aren’t you coming? Is Qingtuan’s make-up really that bad?”
“Then come out and laugh at Qingtuan, will you?”
The pain in my heart gradually spread all over my chest, and the feeling of powerlessness took over my limbs, as if I had been stripped of my bones. Having lost my support, I knelt in front of the tombstone.
My intermittent murmur drowned in the sound of the rain.
II. Run away
“Go! Go!” Master Attendant growled at me with a dull voice.
I would have never imagined that my normally gentle and elegant Master Attendant would show such a twisted expression. Before I could fully recover, he grabbed my hand and ran frantically down the hill.A burst of penetrating laughter came from behind us. A monster knows as a Fallen Angel had been chasing after us for a while, with chains wrapped around its body, dragging around jars of wine, and burning with black fire. Facing such a monster, as a Food Soul, I should have stood up to protect him, but I was not as brave as he was. I didn't even know what I was supposed to do.
We were just going up to the mountains to collect medical herbs as usual, why did this happen? The chase continued until we reached the abyss. There, was the junction between the two peaks, connected by a suspension bridge. Master Attendant stopped at the bridge, lifting the support poles and letting out a big breath, while I, whose brain was blank, froze like a puppet.
“Phew… Huff… Qingtuan, Qingtuan, you go over there first.” He handed me the medicine box. “Take this with you.”
I was suddenly back to my senses when I heard the order from Master Attendant, and when I looked at him, I saw that he was half kneeling on the ground at some point, his right leg dripping with blood.
"Master Attendant, you…”
"Go!” Master Attendant pushed me, urging me to leave quickly.
“No… no, Master Attendant, I’ll help you get there.”
I shook my head desperately as I set down the medicine chest and tried to help him stand up.
After a short pause, Master Attendant looked back anxiously, and then, as if he couldn't anything else but to accept my decision, he let me help him up, not forgetting to mention the medicine chest before we left together. I carried Master Attendant, stumbling and running on the suspension bridge. Halfway across the river, the bridge suddenly shook violently, followed by a deafening laughter.
Master Attendant and I subconsciously looked behind us, and we saw that the Fallen Angel had come to the suspension bridge. The next second, he sprang up from the ground and waved a jar of wine, the liquor that had been ignited with black fire turned into a rainstorm that poured down on us.
Master Attendant didn't know where his strength came from, but he managed to shove the medicine box into my arms quite forcefully. Before I could react to what had happened, I was pushed off the suspension bridge and fell to the ground. I frantically got up and turned around, and what I saw was a scene that made me despair. The suspension bridge was broken. The Fallen Angel had fallen into the abyss between the two peaks, along with Master Attendant. From morning to night, through the mountains and thorns, although with great difficulty, I was able to climb down the abandoned mountain path that had almost been completely re-covered by wild grass and found Master Attendant at the bottom of the abyss. His body was in terrible shape, with horrifying wounds everywhere, his blood now nearly dry. Although I was prepared for this, I was still shocked when I saw this scene. What happened after that, I mostly forgot. I only remember waking up on a woman's back.
III. Studying medicine
The rain seemed to be getting smaller, no more water was dripping on my body, but the sound of the rain didn't stop. Bewildered, I raised my head, a black umbrella was covering me. Toso was standing behind me, I didn’t even notice her arrive.
“Let’s go home.”
Her voice was faint in the rain, but I could still feel the concern in her words.
I was picked up from the mountains by Toso, who was chasing after the Fallen Angel at the time and ran into us while crossing the mountains. I heard that when she found, I was had fainted on top of Master Attendant, keeping my hands in a position to cast a healing spell.
"So, are you coming with me, Qingtuan?”
At the dinner table, Toso stared at me for a long time and asked me this question.
"No, but thank you anyway, Big Sis.” I smiled slightly at her. "I'll stay here and run the hospital for Master Attendant.”
"Do you even know anything about medicine? And the people in this town, they don't like you at all, do they?” She furrowed her brows and said with a serious look.
During these days when Toso stayed at the medical school, she had learned a lot. For example, she learned that Master Attendant was a medic, while I was just his assistant who only knew how to make medicines. For example, she learned that everyone in town has never liked me very much. In the past few years, as they’ve noticed that my body hadn’t aged at all and was still the same, gossip about demons and monsters came up continuously. It’s not like they were unaware of the existence of Food Souls, it’s just that mankind always likes to blame the unknown when it comes to disasters. Like that one.
"She's the one who killed Doctor Zhang!”
These words, I’ve heard them countless times already. Many times, I even wondered if what they were saying was the truth. My eyes drifted to the corner of the room, staring at the medicine box Master Attendant had handed over to me before we got separated.
"I want to stay here and run the hospital.” After pausing to take a sip, I replied once more.
"Even if it's going to be hard?”
"Even if it's going to be hard.”
Toso left, she herself wasn't from there and didn't plan to stay much longer. Meanwhile, I began the journey of running a hospital. Since I only knew medicine, had no knowledge of medical science, and could not read the books left behind by Master Attendant, I had to resort to the medical schools in town, even if I had to work hard just for a small chance to learn. Even at that time, Master Attendant didn't forget to hand over the medicine box to me. Healing and saving people must really have been a matter of immense importance to him. Learning medicine and running the hospital he left behind was the only thing I could do for him.
The road to school was far more difficult than I thought.
"There's an old saying here in Light Kingdom: "Pass on the treasures of the clan to the men, not to the women!””
That was the oldest old man in town with the most experience in practicing medicine.
“This is a discipline that cannot be easily granted to an outsider, got that? So go home, little girl.”
That was the sage master of this town’s acupuncture family.
“A Food Soul that wants to feel the pulse of a human? Ridiculous! Ridiculous!”
That was the strange man of the town's pharmacy school, Master Attendant and I have been talking about it, and it seems that it was his wife who has passed the business onto him.
“Why are you here again? Go away, go away!” The doors of the last medical school in town were slammed shut in my face.
Out of habit, I pulled out the map, trying to find the location of the next medical school, only to suddenly find that the entire map had been marked by me. Another exhausting round was finished. There were eight medical houses, five apothecaries, each marked three times. Without exceptions, they all rejected me. Dragging my weary body back home, I curled up in a corner of the bed with a picture of Master Attendant in my hand. I caressed the smiling face of Master Attendant in the photo, and I suddenly felt a bit of anger in my heart.
“Stupid, stupid, stupid…”
It was another day of business, and I was sitting behind the counter selling herbs, and although I couldn't sit in the hall, I still thought of ways to maintain the hospital, such as taking orders for medicines, and issuing orders for basic ailments. But I knew that it was only a matter of time before the clinic would be forced to close, unless I could truly learn the art of healing and saving people. Checking the stock, there are not many medicinal herbs left in the hospital, so I planned to go to the mountains again in the evening.
"Big Sis Toso has already wiped out all the Fallen Angels nearby, so it won’t be a problem.”
Picking up the medicine basket, I cheered myself on.
"You're under the watchful eye of Master Attendant. So, work hard!”
That time it was my turn to pick someone up from the mountains. The old man who was the first to reject me.
“Sir, why did you come to the mountains all by yourself at night and get hurt? It's dangerous.”
With the old man on my back, I walked cautiously down the mountain using the handle of my umbrella as a walking stick.
"Ahem... I made a bet with my granddaughter.” The old man sounded a little embarrassed.
" Please don't do it again, it's dangerous.” I cautiously advised.
"...even if you say so, I won't teach you any medical skills.” The old man, as if he had remembered something, suddenly said with alertness.
"I didn't save me so you could teach me medicine.” I smiled and whispered. "That's what Master Attendant taught me. You know that too, don't you, Sir? Though I only know medical herbs, I want to help others as much as I can.”
“…about Zhang… what happened to him, kid?” The old man was silent for a long time, and suddenly he opened his mouth and asked.
I paused and continued. “Master Attendant, he...sacrificed himself to save me.” “Then why are you still here? What are you? I thought Food Souls weren’t able to run around without a Master…” The old man looked puzzled.
“I'm no pet.” I let out a laugh and explained. “I want to fulfil Master Attendant’s, though I don't know for sure if he even has one.”
“But I think that Master Attendant, who was still concerned for the medicine box even at the most critical moment, must have valued healing more than anything else, so I want to do something about it.”
"Is that why you came to study medicine?” The old man seemed to understand something. "Not to make money?”
“We're not like humans. Money is not that important to us.”
"......." The old man was silent again for a while and suddenly said. "Even if you say so, I won't teach you medicine.”
“That's all right. It's not about that. I didn't mean to ask.” I repeated helplessly.
“It's an old saying after all, even though I don't think I've ever heard it.”
“How could you not! Ha! But you're a little girl after all, so what do you know.” The old man suddenly raised his voice, and was very insistent on this matter, then suddenly lowered his voice and said softly. “You said your name is Qingtuan, right?”
"Well, yes, Sir. If you want to express your gratitude, please come to my house to buy more medicine.”
“Well...not that...I mean...although I can't teach you my medical skills...”
"But Zhang left you some books, right? Look at those for yourself, and if there are things you don't understand... you can come and ask me.” The old man uttered the words intermittently, then closed his mouth as if embarrassed.
"Huh? I Can?” I turned my head in surprise to the old man. "I can really ask you?”
“Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. Watch where you're going, little girl.” The old man let out a wailing cry and then gave a look of disdain.
“As long as you do not feel like I' m stealing from my teacher.”
“Ok!” With the old man on my back, I quickened my pace.
Hey, Master Attendant, did you hear that? Qingtuan will soon be able to learn the art of healing.
The town of Zhongcao was one of the most famous pharmaceutical towns in Light Kingdom. Excellent medical science and rigid rules were two of the most distinctive impressions of this town made on outsiders. They have always just been living in their own community, never engaging in cultural exchanges, with little progress in business. Even in a relatively conservative country like Light Kingdom, it was hard to find place second to this one that maintained this kind of atmosphere. The town of Zhongcao was especially unique in its attitude towards Food Souls. They rejected Food Souls! As for how they dealt with Fallen Angels, Zhongcao Town preferred to spend money hiring Master Attendants from the Chef’s Guild to solve the problem, rather than letting Food Soul live in their town. Until a lovely maiden came along and broke that rule. She went by the name of Qingtuan and followed a young doctor in town. Qingtuan had the appearance of a young maiden, and although Zhongcao Town had always said that they reject her, they couldn’t really do anything about the girl. Especially since Qingtuan was always really kind to them. Everyone slowly got used to her presence, and although there was occasional gossip, things were mostly fine, and Qingtuan’s presence didn’t have any bad influence on Zhongcao Town. Instead, it was subtly changing the people's perception of Food Souls. Until the accident of that day, when Qingtuan and her Master Attendant encountered a Fallen Angel while picking medical herbs. To slay Fallen Angels on a regular basis by hiring a Master Attendant was obviously not enough an insurance policy. The outcome of a basically helpless Food Soul and an ordinary human being encountering a Fallen Angel was obvious. But Qingtuan survived thanks to her Master’s sacrifice. After that incident, gossip about the Food Soul once again spread through Zhongcao Town. The Food Soul was evil and only caused trouble for people, she will get them killed. Words like that kept surrounding her. Those accusations were irrational, but the existence of Food Souls and Fallen Angels was something that still made no sense to average human beings. They couldn't understand how a creature that looked like them, even while possessing a power beyond the reach of ordinary people, was still young and eternal, and would not grow old. Even if she had to face these evil thoughts, Qingtuan didn't choose to retaliate or leave, instead, she silently endured these accusations and fought desperately for what her Master Attendant had left behind. Kindness is something that can change the world. First an old man, then some children, and later, more and more people stood by Qingtuan’s side, accepting her and supporting her. And Zhongcao’s attitude towards Food Soul was slowly beginning to change. From rejection, to not minding contact, to approaching actively. Zhongcao Town has instead become a popular town thanks to the Food Soul. As for Qingtuan, she decided to leave Zhongcao to embark on a new journey.
“I want to travel.”
“With everyone's help now, the hospital will run well even if I'm not here, and I want to use the medical skills left behind by Master Attendant to help more people.”
“And I want to tell others that not only Food Souls protect mankind, but that there are also human beings who have sacrificed themselves to protect it.”
“I want more people to know this story.”