Fu Erdie laid on the board and drew.
When the details of the final draft were finally finalized, she realized that it seemed a day had already passed.

She got up and stretched out her hands.
Fu Erdie felt a sticky feeling on her back, the white tee she was wearing was already filled with sweat.
She hurriedly rushed to the bathroom to take a light shower.

It is a hot day in the month of June, where it should not be the peak heat season.
Fu Erdie plugged in the working blowing fan to be comfortable, quite perfect for the weather.
She continued her work for the rest of the day.

After painting for almost the whole day, Fu Erdie stopped from painting and found out that the heat was a bit outrageous.
She looked at the temperature display on the purifier, it was 30 degrees, five degrees higher than earlier noon.

Fu Erdie did not think much about it.
She took a shower again and had dinner.
She heated up the chicken breast that she had not eaten yesterday.
After eating, she took the dog out for a shopping spree.

The C-City is a second-tier city that is not fast-paced where Fu Erdie lived.

With the support of her parents and grandmother,

Fu Erdie owned a small house with two bedrooms and one living room.
It is an hour or two bus ride from the city center, and could be reached by taxi in half an hour.
She usually went out to walk the dog.
The day seemed normal.
Everything was happy and lively despite the heat.

But the weather was hot today.
She roamed her eyes and there were only a few people walking after eating dinner.

Fu Erdie held the dog’s leashes and led the dog.
They walked slowly and leisurely.
After walking for less than ten minutes, she also felt a little uncomfortable with the heat.

She opened the weather information, the outdoor temperature is 32 degrees.
The weather was getting hotter and hotter.
She felt raindrops on her arms.
It was starting to drizzle.
It was strange.
The temperature had been increasing since noon.

She waited for her dog’s to finish the dog food as she also waited for the rain to stop.
The dog finished eating and took the dog home.
When she got home, she hurriedly turned on the air conditioner to feel a little better.

A group message alert rang.
She picked up the phone and her group of friends was complaining about the sudden increase of temperature that happened today.

Zhao Xiaolu: [Wearing long sleeves earlier in the morning almost made me faint after I got off from work!]

Cen Xiyang: [:) I have not gotten off work yet.
By the time I get out after work, it should be dark and the temperature will drop.]

Zhao Xiaolu: [Hahahahaha.jpg]

Cen Xiyang: [smile] [smile] [smile]

Fu Erdie saw the conversation and laughed along.

Fu Erdie and her friends, Xiaolu and Xiyang grew up and studied together in elementary up to middle school.

It feels like it was only yesterday since they met each other.
A lot has happened in the past.
Who would have thought they would reach this far?

The three of them have been friends for more than a decade.

Fu Erdie fed the hot chicken breast bibimbap to the dog.
Fu Erdie reminded herself that the first thing she needed to do is to take a shower again.
The extreme heat made her take a shower more than twice today.

She liked to listen to songs every time she took a bath.
The sound was soothing and calm for her when connected to the bathroom stereo together with the sound of water that was pleasant to her ears.

She vaguely heard outside noise like the lowered and threatening growl of her dog because the stereo dominated the sound outside.
She ignored it and hummed along with the song coming from the speaker.

She also vaguely heard the burst of movement from the road outside, like a screeching sound of tires rubbing from the car’s sudden brakes.

Her song paused for a while and continued to lather her hair.

Bang!

A big explosion happened which made a shampoo bottle slip, and a large 1000 mL bottle fell to the ground that made a surprising noise.
And her dog barked crazily and wildly outside.

Fu Erdie reacted and quickly wiped off the water and bubbles on her eyes.
She went to her dog and calmly pet it as she picked up the bottles that fell earlier.
“It’s okay.
Something fell, don’t bark, ah.
Everything is okay.”

In Fu Erdie’s mind, it was nothing serious.
She somehow flustered and panicked.
When the dog stopped barking, she put it down and went again to the bathroom to quickly wash the remaining bubbles on her body.
She put on a night robe, covering her whole body and wrapped the absorbent turban on his hair.
She also turned off the speaker that stopped a song.
She came out of the bathroom and checked the outside.

The dog calmed down, but was still worried about what had happened.

Gouzi anxiously wandered around the house and made guttural sounds.
The dog did not know what to do but only felt danger and nervousness.

Fu Erdie snuggled her dog into her lap.
She patted the dog’s head, “What’s wrong?”

Gouzi made a glance at her and lowered his growl and rubbed his head aggressively on Fu Erdie’s hand caused by stress.
The dog whimpered continuously showing his fears.

She assured her dog by saying, “It’s okay, it’s okay, dear.”

Fu Erdie had a strange feeling as she saw her dog frustrated.
While staring and patting the dog’s head, she remembered a special moment.

The dog was picked up two years ago, when she had just graduated from college.
She stopped when a puppy caught her eyes.
It was an ordinary, small, bony and thin, dirty, dark-colored fur dog that was abandoned on the side of the road.

The store owner next to her suddenly said that the little dog had been abandoned here for a few days.

He told her that its original owner lied and told it to wait here, “I’ll come pick you up after I go to the supermarket to buy something.”

The dog was well behaved, as if he understood his owner and sat still.

But the dog’s owner did not go to the supermarket.
Instead, he turned to that corner and ran away where the dog could not see.

“The dog should have found out.” Fu Erdie said sadly and looked back again at the dog.
She sighed.
The store owner continued to say, “It stood up then ran a few steps to the direction of the original owner, but when he saw his owner running away, the dog did not chase.
Maybe he was believing in his owner’s words and waited for every single day in that place for his owner to come back or maybe he knew that his owner abandoned him and accidentally watched how his owner left him.”

Fu Erdie pitied the dog and sighed again.
The store owner also added, “He was just waiting here since that day.
He did even have the courage to move and go anywhere.
If he was hungry, he would just pick up some garbage to eat.”

She felt sad and worried as she heard about what happened to the dog.
She could not bear to hear those stories again.
She immediately walked towards the dog and took the dog home.

She fostered him for two years.

For the past two years, Fu Erdie has been drawing illustrations full time at home and the dog has been accompanying her every day.
Ever since, they have been happy together.

The dog is kind and obedient.
Gouzu never roared unless there was danger, threat, or outsiders approaching the door.
She thought that it was the first time he had barked and growled like this.

She also got curious about what Gouzu was barking at.
Then, she also decided to check every corner of her small house.
She went to her room and other rooms.
She inspected and scanned everything suspicious.

There was nothing unusual.
There was no appearance of rats and cockroaches.
Everything was fine.

“Should I be scared by the shampoo bottle?” She swallowed her own saliva in nervousness.
This time, she was uncertain about what was happening outside.

The phone suddenly rang.
It was one of her friends, Zhao Xiaolu’s call.

“Hello?” Before Fu Erdie had time to speak, she heard a barrage of soldiers over the phone and heavy breathing of her friend.

“Zombies! There are many zombies outside!” said Zhao Xiaolu in a gruffed and panicked voice.

Fu Erdie subconsciously told her to calm down, but she instinctively rushed to the balcony and looked outside.

She lived on the 16t

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