hui in the middle, seemingly asserting its dominance.
Its cat eyes flickered with an unusual light.

As Wu Lan in the kitchen finished the final dish, he took off his apron and plated the food.
In the midst of his actions, he turned around and said, “My cat often eats with me.
Can I prepare a separate plate for it?”

Wu Lan didn’t bring up the question of whether the big cat should join them at the table.
Evidently, he was well aware that not everyone was comfortable with pets at the table, so he had no intention of letting the big cat sit there.

Li Meng’s eyes lit up, “That’s quite a coincidence.
Shui Shui also eats with me.
In that case, let’s prepare four sets of utensils, so the two cuties can eat together too.”

Wu Lan readily agreed.
He couldn’t guarantee that his aloof cat would condescend to eat on the floor.
After all, past experiences had taught him not to try it—when the cat got upset, the consequences were severe.
“Is there anything Shui Shui can’t eat?”

Li Meng shook his head.
“Shui Shui can eat anything.
It eats whatever I eat.”

Wu Lan’s lips curved into a smile.
“Perfect, my cat is the same.” Amidst the thickening atmosphere, the two of them once again launched into a discussion about pets.

As it turned out, Wu Lan and Li Meng’s decision was entirely on point.
When the dishes were placed on the table, without Li Meng having to hold Shu Shuishui, the big black cat had already seized Shu Shuishui’s nape in its mouth and leaped onto the table.

Due to the big cat’s actions, Shu Shuishui woke up from his slumber.
He kicked his four little paws in confusion.
But the big cat gently placed him back on the table, positioning him right in front of the plate.

After completing this action, the big cat then surveyed the dishes on the table.
After a brief inspection, it raised its head with an air of aloofness, meowing in a seemingly satisfied manner.

Wu Lan was accustomed to this by now.
“The cat master seems content.
And what about you, Li Master?”

Li Meng’s ears turned slightly red, and with Wu Lan’s assistance, he settled down at the dining table.
He looked at the sumptuous dinner and gave Wu Lan a thumbs-up, saying, “It’s wonderful.
The aroma alone is making me hungry.”

Wu Lan picked up Li Meng’s bowl and served him rice.
“If you’re hungry, eat more.
It’s good for wound healing.”

The big black cat glanced at Wu Lan, then at the obedient little mouse sitting beside the plate across from it.
It stood up from its crouched position, picked up its own plate with its mouth, and walked over to the side of the mouse.
It carefully set down the plate again.

The sound of the plate meeting the table caught the attention of Wu Lan and Li Meng.
They turned their heads and witnessed the big black cat setting the plate down and using its paw to adjust it, then sitting down right beside the mouse.

Both of them fell silent for a moment.

Li Meng asked with uncertainty, “Mr.
Wu Lan, why do I feel like your cat has taken a liking to my hamster?”

Snapping out of his surprise, Wu Lan responded, “Today, my cat is indeed a bit unusual.
This attentive behavior is quite rare.”

Shu Shuishui tilted his head slightly and looked at the big black cat that suddenly sat beside him.
Isn’t this still Gu Langu?

The big black cat let out a pleasing meow, then raised its head aloofly, giving Wu Lan a meow as if urging him to hurry up.

Wu Lan was momentarily speechless.
“Perhaps my cat just happens to like mice, and your hamster happens to be especially cute.”

Shu Shuishui: (*^-^*)

Wu Lan dished up meals for the human, the cat, and the mouse, and even put some portions from each dish into the plates of the big cat and Shu Shuishui.

Suddenly, the plate in front of Shu Shuishui became more abundant.
The little dormouse sat obediently for a moment, then got up, pattered down from the table, and deftly opened the bottom drawer of the sterilization cabinet to retrieve his own miniature chopsticks and spoon.

Holding his mini cutlery, Shu Shuishui returned to the dining table.

Wu Lan couldn’t help but be surprised again.
“Is it so delicate?”

Li Meng nodded.
“My hamster pays attention to the ceremony.”

Shu Shuishui had already scooped up a grain of rice with a small spoon and was now sending it into his mouth, chewing earnestly.

The big black cat beside him seemed slightly hesitant, as if it felt a bit awkward to eat directly, but its paws weren’t suitable for utensils.

After noticing this, Shu Shuishui scooped up a grain of rice from his own plate, then held the spoon in front of the big cat.

The big cat’s ears twitched, and it leaned in towards the spoon.
With a flick of its tongue, it rolled the grain of rice into its mouth, then let out a contented meow.

The two people dining together exchanged glances in silence.
They inexplicably felt like they were being fed dog food.

Li Meng cleared his throat and explained, “My hamster likes to share.”

Wu Lan: “…”

Although Shu Shuishui’s actions repeatedly astonished Wu Lan, he ultimately accepted them positively.
He quickly regained his composure, and this time, there was a hint of teasing.
The progress of the cat and the mouse was faster than his, so why not accelerate the teasing process?

The atmosphere during dinner was delightful, and every diner was satisfied.
Wu Lan’s culinary skills were indeed impressive; the table full of dishes was nearly emptied.

After dinner, washing the dishes naturally fell to Wu Lan.
He couldn’t expect Li Meng to independently do the dishes in a headstand pose, or rely on the cat and the mouse to perform such challenging maneuvers.

In fact, in their daily life when only Li Meng and Shu Shuishui were at home, if one person cooked, the other would take up the task of washing the dishes.
Therefore, Shu Shuishui knew how to do the dishes.
But considering the numerous stimuli Wu Lan had experienced today, Li Meng didn’t mention this matter.

Li Meng sat on a chair near the kitchen and continued chatting with Wu Lan.

Meanwhile, on the balcony, Shu Shuishui had taken out a few bones he had secretly hidden earlier.
He pushed five bone fragments in front of the big black cat and tentatively said, “Bones that you like.”

The big black cat lowered its head and looked at the small pile of bones.
It extended a paw and pulled out two, placing them in front of Shu Shuishui.

Shu Shuishui realized something, and it trotted over and picked up one bone, placing it beside the two bones.
However, the big black cat let out a meow, then used its paw to swipe one bone away, ensuring that there were still two bones in front of Shu Shuishui.

Two bones weren’t a coincidence.
Faced with the two bones in front of it, “Gu Gu1I forgot to mention, Gu can be translated as bones.“, Shu Shuishui was momentarily stunned, then excitedly jumped around, rushing over to the big cat and hugging its head.
“Gu Gu, it’s really you! Why did you turn into a cat?”

However, the big black cat only meowed twice, basking in the warmth of the dormouse’s affection, without giving any response.

Shu Shuishui calmed down and extended his paw to pat the big black cat’s head.
“Gu Gu, something unexpected must have happened to you, and it seems to have had a significant impact.”

The big black cat in front of him was indeed Gu Langu.
However, it seemed to be under strict limitations, preserving only a few memories, like protecting rodents, being fixated on two bones, and finding itself.
“Gu Gu, don’t be afraid.
I’ll protect you from now on.”

As he said this, Shu Shuishui felt a bit guilty.
If the big black cat was Gu Langu, then could the pure black kitten he encountered on his first day in the dungeon also be Gu Langu? And did he heartlessly abandon that kitten in that space? Shu Shuishui wondered how that little kitten in the alternate space was doing now.

Every touch from Shu Shuishui brought immense comfort to the big black cat.
As Shu Shuishui continued patting, the big black cat eventually lay down on the ground, exposing its soft belly.
It even rolled on the ground when Shu Shuishui stopped, exhibiting behavior that seemed to beg for more pats and cuddles.

“When Gu Gu starts being adorable, there’s just no resisting.” What else could Shu Shuishui do? Of course, pampering was the way to go.
The little dormouse continued to stroke the cat, and in the end, the entire dormouse was practically draped over the cat’s body.
Feeling the rise and fall of the breath beneath him, Shu Shuishui had a sense of pride in stroking such a big cat.

As the sky gradually darkened, Wu Lan also got up to bid farewell.
They agreed to meet tomorrow morning to deliver breakfast.
The two had already exchanged contact information, clearly making good progress.

With warm farewells and preparations to leave, Wu Lan bent down to pick up the cat.
However, the big black cat’s claws firmly clung to the carpet, appearing resolute in not letting go.

Wu Lan: “…” Nearly all the awkwardness of the day seemed to be centered around the cat.

After some persuasion and coaxing, they finally secured a promise that the cat would come back with Wu Lan tomorrow.
Only then did the big cat release its grip, meowing mournfully at Shu Shuishui, seemingly reluctant to part.

Shu Shuishui couldn’t help but soften at the meowing, almost rushing over to reclaim Gu Langu.
However, Shu Shuishui managed to restrain himself in the end.
There must be a reason for Gu Langu to appear beside Wu Lan, possibly another restriction.
It was better not to disrupt anything until confirmed.

After Wu Lan left with the big cat, there was a brief moment of emptiness in the expressions of the human and the little dormouse.
After a while, Li Meng asked with a hint of yearning, “Shui Shui, how long until tomorrow?”

Shu Shuishui sat on the sofa.
“How much longer until tomorrow?”

They exchanged glances, then both flopped onto the sofa in unison.
Clearly, even though they had just parted, they already missed each other greatly.

Suddenly, Li Meng sat up abruptly, took out his phone, and typed a message in the chat.
However, he hesitated just before sending it.
“Shui Shui, do you think it’s too early to send a message now? It’s not very reserved.”

Shu Shuishui scrambled to his feet.
“They probably haven’t even reached the first floor yet.”

Li Meng deflated and sank back onto the sofa.
“Yeah, you’re right.
Let’s wait a bit.”

Shu Shuishui earnestly nodded his little head.
“Mhmm, let’s wait.” After a moment, he continued, “Why is it ‘we’?”

Li Meng asked, “Don’t tell me you didn’t take a liking to that cat.”

Shu Shuishui replied, “You’re talking as if you didn’t take a liking to that person.”

Wu Lan, holding the cat as they left, along with the cat itself, both sneezed simultaneously.

Half an hour later, Li Meng finally sent his revised message, “Home yet?”

Shu Shuishui looked at him with disdain.

Li Meng, refusing to back down, handed the phone over to Shu Shuishui, gesturing for him to send a message if he wasn’t scared.

Shu Shuishui simply tapped on the video call icon.

Li Meng: “…”

After a moment of panic, the person and the dormouse finally saw the image of the person and the cat on the screen as they had wished.

Li Meng and Wu Lan once again fell into affectionate chatting, occasionally interspersed with meows and squeaks.

As the conversation continued late into the night, during a break when Wu Lan went to fetch water, the big black cat finally positioned itself in front of the camera, filling the entire screen.
Shu Shuishui also squeezed in front of the phone and waved his little paw at the cat inside.
“Gu Gu, good night.”

“Meow meow~”

Shu Shuishui finally felt content.
Clearly, in Shu Shuishui’s mind, ‘meow meow’ had automatically transformed into ‘Shui Shui, good night’.
Both the person and the dormouse got what they wished for and went to sleep.

1I forgot to mention, Gu can be translated as bones.

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