She's a Legendary Demon Hunter [Rebirth] - Chapter 19
The pet hospital was already closed, but fortunately, the doctor lived in the hospital, and when he saw the seriousness of the dog’s injuries, he made an exception and accepted the request for consultation.
“Who did this? How did it get so badly hurt?” The doctor’s voice sounded severe. “Three of its four legs are broken, and the two front legs were deformed. There’s also gashes along its forehead and body. There even might be internal bleeding.”
“Doctor, can… can it be treated?” The old man’s withered palm wavered just above the big dog, but he was too scared to touch its bloody body for fear of hurting it.
“As long as it’s internal organs aren’t injured, it’s fine. Help me carry it over here,” the doctor said as he had Mi Wan help move the dog to take some X-ray images.
After taking the X-rays and conducting some routine checks, the doctor said, “You’re lucky. Its internal organs weren’t damaged.”
“That’s good, that’s good…” the elderly man let out a huge sigh of relief.
“However, even if this dog is healed, it will be disabled. These broken legs will cause it to become lame, and the treatment fee is not cheap,” the doctor reminded him.
This dog was not an expensive breed. In fact, it was a very common rural dog that could be purchased for a few dozen yuan in the market as a puppy. However, to treat his dog, it would require a lot more money. As a vet, he witnessed a lot of people come in with their pets, but gave up treatment in the end, and chose to buy another one because of the high medical fees. Moreover, this was a common dog breed that could be found everywhere.
“Doctor, I have the money…” As the old man said that, he reached out to rummage his pocket again and handed over the five hundred yuan he had previously collected from his scattered pockets to the doctor.
“Old man, your money… is only enough for two days’ worth of treatment.” The doctor looked embarrassed. As a pet doctor, he naturally loved animals, but his love couldn’t be eaten as a meal.
“There’s still 2,000 yuan left in my deposit. I’ll go to the bank tomorrow morning to get it. You take care of the dog first.” The old man was afraid that the doctor didn’t believe him, so he hurriedly took out his crumpled bank book.
The doctor’s face immediately showed a moment of helplessness. Even adding the 2,000 yuan, it still wouldn’t be enough. Moreover, what he just quoted was only the hospitalization fee, it did not include the medicine costs. The old man’s clothes were full of patches, and his savings only consisted of 2,000 yuan. It was clear that he was not from a wealthy family. Despite that, he still insisted on saving a dog. Although the doctor was moved, his logic did not agree with his heart.
“Woof woof… woof woof…” The large dog which had been quietly cooperating with the treatment till that moment, suddenly barked.
(No need for treatment, I can fix myself.)
“Mao Mao, does it hurt a lot? Be good, the doctor will heal you soon.” The old man felt distressed because he thought that the dog was in pain due to its injuries. He continued to plead to the doctor, “Doctor, please start the treatment. It doesn’t matter how much it costs.”
The problem is that you don’t have enough money.
“I have more over here.” Mi Wan handed the money she had previously received to the doctor and asked, “Including this amount, how many days of treatment can it get?”
“At most one week.” Mi Wan had given him almost 2,000 yuan, which could barely cover the medicine money for a few days.
“Can the bones be reattached?” asked Miwan.
“Yes, but it will take a lot more money for post-treatment therapy,” said the doctor.
“That’s fine.” As long as the bones were reattached, the dog demon could completely rely on his own abilities to recover.
“Wang~~~” The big dog fixated its pitch-black eyes on Mi Wan.
(Can you understand me?)
Mi Wan pretended that she didn’t hear it and didn’t even glance at the big dog.
The doctor accepted the money and quickly pushed the dog into the medical room to begin the treatment.
“Young lady, here’s the bank book. The pin number is 181201.” Outside the treatment room, the old man handed his bank book to Mi Wan.
“No need, the money is not even mine. It was given to me by the man who hit your dog. It’s only right for you to take it and treat the dog.” Mi Wan would never accept this repayment. In fact, after her resurrection, she had no concept behind the value of money. It was not until today when she saw the old man, that she learned that 2,000 yuan could be someone else’s entire savings. It seemed that the original owner of this body was not just the daughter of a rich family, but a daughter of an extremely wealthy family.
“Your money isn’t even enough cover for my allowance for one day. I really don’t need it.” The original owner’s monthly allowance was 100,000 yuan, that was slightly over 3,000 yuan a day. This was far more than the old man’s savings.
The old man hesitated for a moment and finally put away his bank book before quietly thanking her. He knew that it was not the time to be prideful. His dog might need more money to recover.
“Old man, why are you so good to this dog?” Mi Wan was a little curious about how the man and the dog got together. Prior to the old man’s appearance, the dog demon was obviously acting very arrogant, but as soon as the old man appeared, he immediately behaved itself.
“Actually… I found Mao Mao in the streets.” The old man smiled and explained, “I am not in good health, and all the money I earned from my work was used to see a doctor. Originally, I thought that I would not live very long, so I didn’t get married. I never expected to live to this age. But now I’m all alone. I have nothing, and my monthly pension is only enough for me to buy medicine. The people around me didn’t dare get close to me. They’re afraid that I’ll end up in the hospital one day and borrow money from them.”
The old man laughed bitterly as he continued, “Mao Mao is a stray dog that lived near the garbage chute. I fed it some food on occasion and we eventually became quite close over time. Although Mao Mao is a dog, it is very intelligent. Once, I was crushed by a wooden board when I was separating the garbage. No one came even though I shouted for help. In the end, it was who Mao Mao went in and pushed the wooden board away from me. It’s very strong.”
“I decided to adopt it at that time. In fact, it doesn’t eat much. I just gave it a place to live. But since he came into my life, my shabby house felt like a warm home. When I go home every day, as long as I see Mao Mao at the door waiting for me, my heart feels full.” The old man’s expression suddenly turned complicated. “After Mao Mao came into my life, my luck seemed to have improved a lot. I kept finding objects that are particularly practical.”
A thought flashed through Mi Wan’s mind. She could guess what happened.
“When the weather changed some time ago, my quilts at home have not been able to warm me for many years, so I complained that the quilts were not warm enough. The next day, I picked up a thick quilt that someone had left in the garbage dump on the end of the road. A week ago, my shoes were worn out, and the very next day, I picked up a pair of shoes from the garbage heap at the end of Yanwei road. “At first, I didn’t think much about it and thought it was the supermarkets clearing out their inventory, until these kinds of occurrences became more and more frequent. It was as if whenever our house was short of something, I would be able to pick it up the next day… So then, I became suspicious and followed it out.”
“So you’re not here because of work tonight, you’re here for the dog?” Mi Wan understood now.
“Yes, that’s why when those people accused Mao Mao of biting their goods, I didn’t think much of it and believed them.” The old man leaned against the glass window of the medical room to check the situation inside and choked back his tears, “Mao Mao did all of this for me. Sometimes I think it’s a human being.”
It can be if it transformed.
“Aren’t you afraid?” asked Mi Wan.
“What do I have to be afraid of? I can’t wait to see it become human, so that I can leave my shabby house to him.” He had not saved up anything in his life, and the old house he lived in was the only thing that he had not sold. He had thought about donating it to the ‘Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ after he died so that more strays could be protected.
“Ring, ring, ring…”
At this time, Mi Wan’s phone suddenly rang. It was the alarm she had set to remind her that it was almost time to go back.
—End of Chapter 19: The Sparrow and the Chicken, Part 1—
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