Chapter 2 – I Am Luya
Ever since then, was the start of everything.
Duan Jiaze, who officially became the director of Cape Zoo, arrived here and opened the door with a key. It could be seen that the inside was as barren as its external appearance. From times to times, the sounds made by the animals did not contain any liveliness, instead, it sounded even more lonely.
Duan Jiaze walked passed the animals’ enclosures and saw thin lions that were forced to stay inside, listless peacocks, sluggish monkey and other animals; They were dirty, thin and seemed to be sick.
Cape Zoo did not have many animals. At most ten to twenty types, however, most of these animals needed a spacious environment to live in, and yet all these enclosures were relatively small and vacant of items. In fact, these empty enclosures seemed to have killed several animals.
These enclosures were all relatively old-fashioned, unlike many other zoos that had replaced them to glass windows for easier viewing. With the current conditions, all these were really wronging the animals.
Moreover, with no owner presented in the recent days, all the workers had been dismissed. Lawyer Wang had hired social idlers to regularly feed these animals. Obviously, these workers were unprofessional and careless, they even reduced the amount of food given to the animals.
The office building was also very simple, the second floor was roughly painted and used as a dormitory.
Walking along, even Duan Jiaze was influenced by the gloomy atmosphere. He opened Ling Xiao Hope Project App and pressed on ‘My Task’. He didn’t know when the task had appeared or perhaps someone else was aware that he had arrived at the zoo, the once grey taskbar was finally lighted up- a novice task.
Duan Jiaze’s spirit was invigorated. According to the routine, the novice task should be simple and the reward would be big.
Duan Jiaze opened the task and saw as expected:
Task Description: A bright and distinctive name will be the basis for a successful business takeoff, change a good name for your zoo!
Task Reward: After completing the mission, you will be rewarded with thirty days worths of high-quality animal feed, daily distributed.
Ling Xiao Support: A zoo is supposed to have a variety of animals. Your zoo currently has only twenty-three kinds of animals. Ling Xiao System will dispatch animals in order to enrich the color of the zoo!
Duan Jiaze breathed a sigh of relief. It was not too bad, he knew nothing about animal feeding and domestication. If he had to shop for the food one by one, that was indeed troublesome as he had no staff under him at present.
The reward was high-quality feed and this also eliminated the storage problem.
Introducing new animals to the zoo was another problem. Duan Jiaze had no backdoor nor any connection. Even if the account book had sufficient funds, bringing in new animals to the zoo would still be difficult. Ling Xiao Hope Project system was really thoughtful to replace the staff to animals.
—The streets were filled with people, workers (as compared) were easier to recruit, but unique animals that could attract visitors were not easy to find.
Without further ado, Duan Jiaze immediately went on to the search engine to find out what kind of name should be retitled to Cape Zoo.
Novice tasks were normally easier to complete, Duan Jiaze even thought that any random name should be able to make him pass.
Half an hour later, Duan Jiaze filled in the new name of the zoo on the system: Lingyou. Baidu1 said that this was the name of the first zoo in ancient times, and it also sounded very stylish.
The system gave him face2 and let him pass but the task still remained uncompleted.
Duan Jiaze thought for a moment before he understood that the crucial part was to ensure that all procedures were officially done before it could be counted as an accomplishment.
Not delaying any longer, Duan Jiaze immediately went online and found the contact information and an address of a factory. He made a phone call for an appointment and then called the relevant department to request for a replacement of name.
After calling, there was a change in “Ling Xiao Support”. Seemed like the animals would finally be dispatched here. This should be part of the rewards. The first animal had already been sent out while the rest was still on the way.
Such powerful technology should be sending powerful animal too, which company were they using to send the animal? Or was it directly air flown here?
Duan Jiaze was thinking as he went to the animal cage area. He pinched his nose and started cleaning up a new cage, ready to let the new animal live in it.
While he did not know what kind of animal would be sent here, whether it was a beast or bird, he better prepare the cage first. Anyway, the place where the birds lived was pretty easy to clear.
Duan Jiaze also thought after that there should be a task to upgrade the living conditions since the current living accommodation and foods for the animals were so bad.
Duan Jiaze had no interest in managing the zoo, but when he saw the lifeless and mistreated animals, he was very sympathetic. If there was no way to let them be free in the wild, he could at least upgrade their living conditions.
In the afternoon, Duan Jiaze went to the factory to take a look. He ordered a big signboard, the kind that could be lit and some small signs for the interior of the zoo. The design was also done here. They were to be delivered to the door after it was done. The installation fees were to be paid separately.
While waiting for the signboards to be delivery, Duan Jiaze was running around. Firstly, he read through the documents given by the lawyer. Flipping through the account book, he knew that the account had less than twenty thousand cash left. These few years of business was bad and losses were big.
Even though the money was not enough, there was still a need to hire staff. These ten thousand pluses could sustain a period of time. Of course, he cannot hire too many nor give a high paid salary.
As Duan Jiaze was unsure of the operation procedures of the zoo. He acted according to his thoughts, which was to place a recruitment advertisement online in preparation to hire a few animal keepers first.
In these few days, Duan Jiaze stared at the villagers hired by Lawyer Wang to feed the animals and clean the cages. He took office and the wages were changed to be given on a daily basis so that they could not cut corners.
These were the idle villagers in the nearby villages. They were not dissatisfied with Duan Jiaze’s supervision. Instead, they asked if he wanted to recruit people.
In view of their records, they were all in the same village and it was easy to pull the crowd over but Duan Jiaze still refused.
After three or four days, the new signboards were delivered.
The original signs were all gone, Duan Jiaze stood at the door to pick up the factory workers and then supervised them to ensure they installed the signboards properly.
The driver from the factory talked to Duan Jiaze, “Is this a new zoo?”
Duan Jiaze nodded. “Yes, this is the original Cape Zoo. It will be ready for opening after the name changes.”
Driver: “Hey, what do you think the director of the zoo is thinking? It’s better to open one in the center of the city. The original one has already closed down.”
There were a few “zoos” in the city. Their operation scale was also not large, mostly attached itself to some playgrounds and parks. There was only one independent zoo, East Sea City Zoo.
The original Cape Zoo business was bad to begin with, not only because of its own poor conditions and lack of animals but because the geographical location was not very good.
Although Cape Park next to it was very popular, the location itself was too far. Those who came here all the way to Cape Park mostly came here with the mindset to picnic and or barbecue. It was hard for those people to come across this zoo. Many people would rather go to the city’s zoo if they had intention to visit a zoo.
Duan Jiaze was somewhat embarrassed to say that he was the director of the zoo, and he insisted, “In the future, our scale will be expanded, and the city is not big enough…”
The driver smiled and said, “Hey, it looks like your head is doing something big, how about transforming the land of Cape Mountain into a safari?”
Duan Jiaze nodded indiscriminately. “Good idea.”
His dreams could only go as big as how his heart wanted to, what if he really did it?
The workers quickly installed the signboards and commissioned the lights. Duan Jiaze settled the installation fees and they left.
Duan Jiaze stood at the door and admired the signboard. He felt quite pleased. After he officially opened the zoo, he should do something to attract tourists…
“Is this Lingyou Zoo?”
Duan Jiaze suddenly heard a cold voice behind him. He turned around and looked.
A man in a black shirt stood within five steps of him, with one hand in his pocket and one hand on the armrest of the luggage at his foot.
He was taller than Duan Jiaze by half a head. His facial features were perfect enough to surpass the limitations of the gender, whether was it the curvature of the eyebrows or the lines of his thin lips, they were full of arrogance and coldness.
The golden red hair that was highlighted on his head was beautiful, but it did make one feel confused. Such a temperamental male god shouldn’t be a hairdresser, right?
However, under his imposing manner, this doubt… Anyway, Duan Jiaze was too afraid to ask for an answer.
Duan Jiaze was just in a trance before the guy asked a second sentence with obvious unhappiness, “You are Duan Jiaze?”
Duan Jiaze was surprised and said, “I am, you are?”
Faced with this question, the man’s beautiful face changed. His cold tone that contained anger and lingering humiliation was about to explode. “I am Luya, the …animal dispatched by Ling Xiao Hope Project.”
Duan Jiaze: “…?!”