Li Du couldnt explain that he was shocked by the little bug. "Oh, no, nothings wrong," he said. "Its just that youre so beautifulreally gorgeous!"
The lady doctor's wavy golden hair casually rested on her shoulders. Her complexion was smooth. She had clear, refined facial features, crescent-shaped eyebrows, clear green eyes like mountain spring water, vermilion lips and an exquisite nose. She really did look stunning.
She had come to visit her parents and her attire was more formal than usual. She wore a white blouse with a bow tied in front of her slim waist, and an elegant, high-waisted skirt.
The black flowy skirt fluttered and revealed part of her beautiful legs now and then in the evening autumn breeze, exuding a mysterious charm.
It was just a random excuse he had come up with, but the lady doctor believed him.
If Li Du complimented her in such a straightforward manner when they had first met, Sophie would have thought those were just some polite words. But not only did she know Li, he had been wearing astonished expression before he said it.
Sophie appreciated the compliment. She brushed back her wavy hair bashfully and said, "I feel like this blouse is a little bold. I was hesitant earlier about wearing it."
Li Du gave up contemplating why the little bug kept entering his pets brains and responded, "Whys it bold?"
Sophie glanced at him and pointed at her tummy, speaking in a low voice. "Look, I show some skin here."
Indeed, the hem of the blouse required Sophie to tie the long ends into a bow, so it was inevitable a little bit of skin was exposed around the waist.
However, Li Du did not even notice that until Sophie pointed it out. Arizonas summer was too hot. There were many girls who took to the streets in bikinis or practically underwear. How could the little bit of skin that Sophie was showing be considered bold?
As Sophie seemed embarrassed, Li changed the topic and said, "Just now you said you needed my help. What is it?"
Reminded, the lady doctor exclaimed, "Right, I almost forgot. I need to do some shopping. Can you give me a lift?"
Li Du immediately opened the door. "Get in."
He released the little bug again to see if there was any new change in the bug.
It had gotten a little bit bigger, with longer wings and a darker color.
He was quite sure that the bug had not acquired new abilities, but it had probably gotten stronger, so he could now use it for an even longer period of time.
It had been a very long time since he first acquired the bug. His understanding of the little creature had become deeper as time had gone by.
When the little bug acquired a new ability, it would be accompanied by changes in its appearance: such as when it had gotten a pair of wings, had grown two more legs, and two more eyes.
There wasnt any change in its appearance except for the size and the colorthat meant that the bug hadnt gained any new ability.
Sophie wanted to buy some food when she learned that Li Du would be coming over to give them some stuff. Her parents warmly invited him over for dinnerit was just that part of the dinner would be takeout from a restaurant.
"Were going to get the food to go from the Outback Steakhouse. Their seared ahi tuna is truly splendid. Have you had that before?"
Li Du shook his head. "No, I seldom eat fish."
Sophie was excited and spoke cheerfully. "You must try it. And their breadtheir homemade breads free and it smells and tastes really wonderful. I always eat them together with honey and avocado. I eat till my stomachs bloated every time!"
When the car stopped outside the restaurant, the lady doctor handed the puppy to him before she got out and briskly ran inside.
Mr. Li held the tiny puppy and looked her in the eye. "Okay, good girl, tell me if Daddys good-looking or not?"
Ah Ow struggled to squat on Lis thigh, then the little puppy spread out her legsa warm liquid flowed onto his thigh.
Li Du almost flew off the handle at that sight. He quickly took some paper napkins to wipe himself.
And while he was busy cleaning up, Ah Ow squatted again, and from her tiny butt, some soft grayish-yellow poop squeezed out, just like the act of squeezing out toothpaste.
"No!" Li Du looked at his pants and cried out in desperation. "Have mercy on me!"
Sophie was holding two paper bags when she gleefully came back to the car. As she hopped onto the car, she saw the now crestfallen Ah Ow, with her held head low. She laughed, "Ah Ow must have been disobedient. She pooped on you?"
The little puppy looked at Sophie, tilting her head. Her chubby little face looked upset and she lowered her head again.
Li Du had an embarrassed smile. "How did you know? Does she look like that when she poops in the wrong places?"
"No, I smell poop. Shes never looked like that before. Is it because you saw her poop that she seems embarrassed? Is she shy?"
As she said so, she used her finger to lift up the little puppys chin.
Ah Ow shook her head unwillingly, avoiding Sophies finger, and continued to look dejected, curling herself up on the seat.
Mr. Li was startled by Sophies remark. He suddenly realized that the little bug must have done the same thing to Ah Ows intelligence level that it had done to Ah Meows and Crispy Noodles. Although she was still a little puppy, she was pretty sensible now!
Li Du held Ah Ow in his arms and sighed, "Alright, its fine to pee and poop, theres nothing wrong with that, okay? Dont be sad, well bring you home now!"
Ah Ow used her head to rub against Li Dus stomach, managing to lift up the hem of his t-shirt, and started to lick him.
Sophie took a wet tissue for Li Du and grinned, "Li, you need to get used to this. Ah Ows too young, shes still unable to control her bowel movements."
Li Du said, "Okay, I know, she can have her way."
Ah Ows tiny ears twitchedshe got up and started to squat.
Mr. Li was alarmed, and he hastily cried out again, "No, no, noAh Ow, have mercy on me!"
Ah Ow shook her little butt; nothing came out and she went back into Li Dus arms.
Li Du was dumbfounded for a while. Is this naughty puppy teasing me? he thought.
Li pondered this for a moment but rejected that thought. Ah Ow might have been more intelligent now, but there was no way that she could be that intelligent. If she was really teasing Li Du, she wasnt a dogshed be even smarter than a young kid.
Sophies parents were waiting for them in the courtyard when they got back. They laughed when they saw both of them getting out of the car.
"Welcome Li," Mrs. Martin smiled. "My apologies for troubling you to give a lift to Sophie to do some shopping when its the first time we have you here with us."
Li Du and Mrs. Martin hugged and he replied, "Dont worry about it. Im happy to be with Sophie."
The lady doctors lips curved in a blissful smile. Her eyes were shining, indicating her good mood.
Li Du then proceeded to open up the truck and carry the pork meat out. "This is Berkeley black pork. I thought you all might like itits good meat."
Mr. Martin patted the pork leg exaggeratedly and exclaimed, "Wow, Berkeley black pork, great meat! Ive eaten it once beforethat flavor and taste is simply unforgettable!"
Li Du was glad to hear that they liked the meat. They moved it all and put it into the freezer.
In the United States, many households had large freezers. This was because many supermarkets and shopping centers were far away from the residential areas. Thus, when people went to the supermarket, they would buy a huge bunch of things to eat for a period of time.
Besides the tuna fish, Mr. and Mrs. Martin also prepared some other simple dishes: vegetable salad, fruit salad, fried meat, and a tureen of Russian borscht.