38 - Pocket of gold coins
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For the float parade on Guihe Island, the program list for each performance wasn’t fixed. In addition to some traditional performances that would be arranged elaborately, from time to time there were also specially invited performers that would put on new arrangements; including dances, acrobatics, magic, etc. from all over the world. The entire fleet was fifteen to thirty vehicles in total, varying in size. At its largest, it could line the street from end to end.
The street market was the starting point and the end point of the float parade. The motorcade would then make a circle around the entire Northwestern Cultural District, and the entire event would last up to one and a half to two hours.
Baiju and Xiao Yao followed the floats from the starting point. If they were normal onlookers, they would have stayed with the parade for two streets at most, and then they would be squeezed out until there was nothing left behind.
But who was the old dog? He wasn’t human at all.
With one arm around Xiao Yao's shoulder, Baiju was a flexible adult and his two long legs could always step into a gap in the crowd accurately, successfully taking himself and Xiao Yao along with the stream.
Xiao Yao was a little dizzy from being dragged along, and didn’t know how many times he’d stepped on Baiju's feet in the crowded streets, "Bai’ge, Bai’ge, don't crowd..."
Xiao Yao was a little bit lost, "Let's wait in another street in advance, we don't have to follow the floats all the way."
However, Baiju was still excited, "What if we miss them throwing gold coins...Are they squeezing you? Are you uncomfortable?"
Xiao Yao was tightly guarded by Baiju's arm. Except for being a little dizzy, he wasn’t squeezed at all, the only contact was Baiju’s body that held him from every angle.
So Xiao Yao waved his hand, and simply stepped on Baiju's feet, "I didn't get squeezed, and I don't feel uncomfortable, it's because there are too many scents here, don’t you feel a little uncomfortable smelling it all?"
After all, it was an island on the edge of the tropics, and many tourists smelled of sweat after playing around for a day. Additionally, many tourists also used perfume and various scents were mixed into the crowded crowd. Even ordinary people would find the smell a little uncomfortable, not to mention Baiju’s dog nose.
However, when Baiju heard this question, he couldn't help but chuckle. He gave a little bit of room under his feet, allowing several humans to squeeze past him, "...I’ve smelled a lot of things much more unpleasant than this." In comparison, these smells were in the category of human flavouring, and Baiju not only didn't find it unpleasant, but even felt he liked it a little.
He raised his head and looked at the crowd in front of him, seeing that the degree of crowding had risen a lot from the beginning, Baiju paused slightly, let go of Xiao Yao, and then squatted down in front of him, with his hands behind him beckoning, "Yao Yao, come up."
Xiao Yao was taken aback for a moment, and quickly refused, "No, no, no, Bai’ge, it’s really not necessary to carry me..."
Baiju turned his head slightly and raised the corners of his mouth, "Then I won't carry you, do you want to ride on my shoulders?"
Xiao Yao: ......
Xiao Yao wiped his face, a little desperate, "Bai’ge, do we have to go with the crowd?"
Baiju thought for a while, and felt that he could actually grab a few gold coins regardless, so he honestly said, "Actually, we don't have to go with the crowd, but I want to carry you."
Xiao Yao no longer knew what to say.
His mind was numb, and his heart was beating disobediently. To be honest, today's Baiju seemed to be too proactive. It might just be the traveling atmosphere, or it might be that he was seeing him through a strange filter, but he felt that this old white dog was exceptionally abnormal today, as if he was deliberately teasing him.
Old white dog smiled, "Alright... Yao Yao, come up."
Xiao Yao was still hesitating, but was hit by someone passing behind him. He took a half step forward and didn't want to take it back.
Going with the flow, he lay down on Baiju's back, and in the next second, Baiju grabbed his legs and stably lifted him up.
Xiao Yao buried his face in Baiju's lush hair and took a deep breath, and kept telling himself that this was better than a princess carry or to ride his shoulders.
Baiju bumped the fluttering guardian on his back and said, "Use your knees... and hug my neck if you get squeezed."
Xiao Yao didn't speak, but he held Baiju's shoulders with both hands, and his eyes lowered slightly. He could see the thin strands of disobedient hair in Baiju's mane, a little messy and a little cute.
Baiju carried his little ward on his back, happy, but quickly suppressing his smile, as he turned to see the parade of flowers.
The floats with the most exaggerated models and costumes had passed, but there were still a lot of spectators for the rear cars. People were performing street magic in the car that was about to pass.
Guihe Island’s street magic shows on the floats were very popular, because during the parade of floats, in theory, any tourists who didn’t violate the regulations and didn't deliberately make trouble were allowed to board the float to cooperate with the magic or watch. Therefore, although there was a certain degree of scripting on the scene, the magicians in the parade must also respond flexibly to various challenges.
Gradually, the Guihe Island float magic had become a badge of pride among magicians. Any magician who could win an audience here and record the live video would be recognised, and his status among magicians would also be improved.
Baiju was still a little interested in magic. The hands of these performers were very fast. In a few simple actions, they could firmly grasp the audience's attention without being seen through; even an old demon like Baiju was often confused.
After following the magic floats for a while, Baiju shuttled freely among the crowd with a steady pace. He watched the magic curiously, and slightly turned his head to express his thoughts to Xiao Yao, "Yao Yao, this magic is so interesting..."
Xiao Yao played with the hair on the top of Baiju's head and straightened a small strand of hair. The result was that it fell in front of Baiju's eyes, so he quickly brushed it back, "...Huh? Magic?"
Baiju blew his forehead hair, not caring that Xiao Yao was tossing about on top of his head, "It's just amazing, I couldn't see how it was done."
Xiao Yao smiled, "That's the charm of magic. If you could see through all its mechanisms, it wouldn't be interesting. The magician worked hard to create this magic for their audiences, just to see them surprised and happy. For an instant."
Baiju nodded thoughtfully, then lifted Xiao Yao up with one hand, freed his other hand and snapped his fingers, "Then I’ll become a ‘magician’ too."
A few tiny spots of light drifted away from Baiju's slender fingertips, shifting suddenly when no one was paying attention, winding along with the floats, spreading into fireflies, undulating among the lights of the night .
There were several sounds of exclamation among the tourists, and many people were busy holding up their phones to take pictures, thinking it was the arrangement of the parade.
Xiao Yao looked at the fireflies floating far away, still admiring Baiju's ability to be a little romantic at every turn.
He gently pulled Baiju's hair, Xiao Yao smiled, his voice was dyed with indescribable gentleness, "Bai’ge, a magician?"
Baiju tilted his head, knowing that he had cheated by using magic tricks, so he smiled and said, "Just pretend."
Xiao Yao knocked on Baiju's head, "You can also talk nonsense."
Baiju raised his head and learned from Xiao Yao to change the subject, "Yao Yao, it hurts to be hit, rub it."
Xiao Yao pretended not to remember, "Where did I hit you? Where does it hurt?"
In fact, Baiju didn't pay attention to where Xiao Yao had tapped him just now. For him, the strength of pulling his hair or hitting his head felt about the same. After a moment of being stunned, he simply carried on the nonsense, "Yeah... it hurts everywhere."
Xiao Yao snorted on the dog's head amused, "Okay, I’ll rub it."
Baiju felt a few strands of hair fall in front of his eyes, shook his head a little, and said, "Patting doesn't work, you have to kiss it."
Xiao Yao paused slightly, and wanted to ask whether this old dog knew what he was talking about.
But he didn't want to bring up the topic. Maybe he was a little greedy, Xiao Yao licked his lips and didn't make any jokes anymore. He simply bowed his head neatly and kissed Baiju's head.
Baiju was satisfied, "Hey, hey."
The heat on Xiao Yao's cheeks didn't go away, so he could only shut his mouth without talking, and turned his head to look at the floats.
As he looked, Xiao Yao noticed that the entourage next to the floats began to dig out the baskets of flowers, so he quickly patted Baiju on the shoulder and reminded him, “Bai’ge, they’re going to throw the flowers with the gold coins."
Baiju returned to his senses and realised that he had just been teasing and talking to Xiao Yao, and only instinctively shuttled among the crowd, not paying attention to the floats at all. So he held Xiao Yao in both hands, and said, "I’ll head over."
The nimble dog just didn't show his strength at all. At that moment, he watched the flower baskets and moved purposefully, and within a few moments he found the densest place where the flowers and lollies were thrown.
"Yao Yao, catch." Baiju stared at the opera performer standing on the top of the float. The basket in her hand was the largest, and her position was also at the centrepoint of the team. Baiju intuitively felt this basket would have gold coins, at least in one batch.
Xiao Yao looked around. Several children who were traveling with their parents were lifted up to catch the lollies, and he suddenly felt a little embarrassed, "You put me down to catch it..."
Baiju turned his head, apparently noticing this too, and his eyes lit up, and he muttered, "That is a good idea..."
So, the old white dog squatted down and put Xiao Yao down. Then, before Xiao Yao could breathe a sigh of relief, he turned around and grasped Xiao Yao's midsection and lifted him up easily, "Yao Yao, it's better to catch them like this!"
Xiao Yao's face blushed, "Let me down, ahhh!"
Baiju selectively ignored Xiao Yao's demands, lifted the person up again, and urged, "Quick catch one!"
Xiao Yao felt that he had no pride left. He raised his foot to step on Baiju’s stomach in retaliation, then, resigned his fate, took off the straw hat that hung on the back of his neck, and raised his hands to catch the falling items. Feeling that his hat was almost full, he urged Baiju to let go, "Got it, got it, let me down."
Baiju raised his neck, "Look first to see if there are any gold coins."
Xiao Yao forbeared, "..."
Xiao Yao wiped his face, and had to check the contents of his hat. He stretched out his hand and flipped through it. He was about to say no, but he suddenly stopped.
Baiju raised his face strenuously, "Are there any? If not, keep catching..."
Xiao Yao picked out two gold coins with the pattern of Guihe Island on them, and was a little dazed, "Yes, I found two coins."
Baiju supported Xiao Yao's back with one hand, put the person down, and happily hugged him and shook him twice, "Hey, we got two, one extra, think we can sell it."
Xiao Yao, "..." Isn't this old white dog good at math? How come there are extras with two?
Xiao Yao raised the gold coins and shook them in front of Baiju's eyes, "Ge, there are only two, we need both of them."
Baiju blinked, "The blog said that you can bring your family, no more than three people per gold coin."
The old white dog raised his hand, lightly flicked Xiao Yao's nose, and reminded him, "I would like to introduce you, this is Yao Yao, my little ward."
The author has something to say:
Xiao Yao: Let me introduce to you, this is Baiju, my man. :)
emmmm God knows that I originally wanted to write about the appearance of a new character ==, but I got bored and crooked a whole chapter...
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