Li Du laughed out loud in the face of suspicion and said, "How could that be?"
"Why not? You're driving a pickup truck," someone said .
A gem hunter who was about to enter the National Park said, "Hey, Old Charlie, don't you seek trouble . We all know this guy won't do that . He's a righteous person!"
Someone next to him said, "Yah, if it weren't for Boy Wonder, God knows how much money Christopher and those sons of b*tches would have gotten away with that time!"
"He didn't only do this . He also helped to pay for unlucky old Deckard . "
Li Du nodded his thanks . He was grateful for these gem hunters speaking up for him, even though he didn't know them .
A bald black man extended his hand to him . "You've our respect, Boy Wonder from Flagstaff . "
There were some of them who still treated Li Du with disdain . One of them sneered . "He's so righteous, just like that generous Apostle Peter . "
Apostle Peter was an important figure in the Bible and a cornerstone leader of Christianity .
This hunter was making a reference to the Bible: before he was arrested, Jesus had prophesied that Peter would perform three consecutive acts of denial of him before the rooster crowed .
As a result, when he was asked at Jesus' trial, due to fear, he had denied his relationship with Jesus a total of three times .
Peter had always been regretful about this . Later, when he was martyred in Rome, he asked the executioner to hang him up on the cross upside down, because he was unworthy be crucified the same way as Jesus .
After Jesus's resurrection, in response to Peter's denial of him thrice, he asked Peter thrice to feed his followers and be a generous, righteous person .
However, the reference of Apostle Peter as someone generous was often used in sarcasm, because his generosity was conditional and had been demanded by Jesus .
Li Du was not a Christian and was not familiar with the Bible, so he didn't understand the sarcasm .
But some others had understood the meaning behind his words . The bald man glared at the sneering man in fury . "It's despicable to unreasonably regard a person's kindness . This is despicable . This is really despicable . "
"Who are you calling despicable?" The hunter was riled up and consumed in anger .
The bald man looked at him with just as much fury in his eyes . "What do you think? Who else could I be talking about other than you? What now, wanna pick a fight?"
Li Du stopped him with a smile . "Those who are despicable usually pass through life being the same way . Those who are morally upright have an epitaph that states exactly that . Why should we bother with what these unimportant people say?"
The bald treasure hunter looked at him and said, "Buddy, you helped a lot of people the last time . All of us saw, and we are grateful to you . I hope you won't misunderstand the whole group just because of these few senseless people . "
"Of course not . Gem hunters are just like us treasure hunters . When the forest's a large one, there's bound to be all kinds of birds . On the whole, most are good folks," Li Du said .
Someone applauded . "You really can spout literary gold: 'Those who are despicable usually pass through life being the same way, those who are morally upright have an epitaph that states exactly that; when the forest's a large one, there's bound to be all kinds of birds . ' Haha, these sayings are very interesting . "
All Li Du did was translate some Chinese idioms . He didn't deserve to be praised .
After having been pestered at the door for a while, he drove into the National Park .
As usual, the security guard inspected his car to prevent any prohibited items such as small stone excavating machines and conveyors from being brought into the park .
There was no issue, so they followed the security officer to the selected plot of gravel bank .
After arriving, Godzilla and Brother Wolf began to encircle the area with ropes . This was a necessary preparation before they started work .
According to regulations, the rope demarcated the land they had leased . They could only look for gems on that land .
In addition to encircling the land, Godzilla also used the rope to divide the land into squares . This was Li Du's reference of choice, so that the little bug could search square by square .
He had chosen these acres of land carefully . There was a higher number of fire opals on the land .
At the National Park, Li Du felt as though he were a dragon entering a gold mine with treasures all around . He searched carefully and within minutes he found a fire opal .
With this gain, he was beginning to understand . Why would he want to still bid for storage units? He could just stay put and search for fire opals . The truth was, the gains he made searching for fire opals for a day were more than what he could get from treasure hunting in storage units in a month .
He was working happily when Brother Wolf strided over and said, "Boss, there's another . "
Li Du looked at the sky and saw a familiar little black shadow .
This time, the other party was very cautious . The drone was flying very high and was moving constantly . Unless they used professional shooting weapons, they would not be able to knock it down .
Li Du swore out loud and then asked, "Are you able to shoot it down again?"
Brother Wolf said, "Not now . Give me time . Making an aerogun would not be a problem . "
Li Du was shocked . "You can make an aerogun?"
Brother Wolf tried to explain . "It's not the aerogun that you know . Only by using a high-pressured barrel to shoot can we only deal with these civilian drones . "
This was very amazing . Now Li Du understood why countries were so strict about keeping an eye on retired members of the special forces–they were literally walking weapons .
He asked Brother Wolf how long it would take him to make it . He replied saying that he would need to search for tools and materials–it would take more than a fortnight . That was far too long . It wouldn't be of use at all . Li Du shook his head and vetoed his suggestion . In that case, he might as well use the little bug to destroy the drone .
Of course, this might not be a good strategy because the other party obviously had more than one drone . He may have destroyed it once, but may not be able to this time .
Otherwise, if a normal drone were to crash upon flying near to the top of his head, many people would suspect trickery .
Fortunately, with monitoring taking place from such a height, the other party could not see what he was doing–probably only their shadows .
After all, the drone was carrying only a common camera, not military UAV search radar .
Li Du propped the umbrella up so that even if there was radar on the drone, it would be useless unless the cameras had perspective power .
The harvest in the afternoon was aplenty . The flying bug continued to sweep the two and a half-acre plot . He found hundreds of good quality fire opals, which were worth tens of millions of dollars in total .
With the setting sun came nightfall .
Li Du beckoned for Godzilla and Brother Wolf to prepare for dinner . Ivana was enthusiastically sitting beside her father's bonfire . She had Ah Meow in her left hand, and Crispy Noodles in her right as she waited for her meal .
After getting some ingredients from the truck, Li Du walked back and asked, "Tonight I'm going to roast something and braise a little something . Is there a better way to make a stove?"
Brother Wolf nodded . "Yes, a sheltered fireplace . "
Li Du asked, "Is it complicated to make?"
Brother Wolf said, "Leave it to me . Just happens that the terrain here suits . "
He went to a nearby hill and dug a large square pit at the bottom of the sheltered slope .
The pit was about 10 inches deep and the width was over a yard . Using branches, steel wire and a tent pole, Brother Wolf quickly created a tripod .
The pot was then hung onto the rack, with dry wood and smoke-free carbon placed into the pit . The outdoor stove was ready .