CRA Chapter 14

Learning how to fly

Fuya had been worried about once again leaving her cub in a new place that he was not accustomed to. So seeing that he was willing to speak after being held by the youth was a very pleasant surprise.

The cub was normally very quiet when she took him to nursing clubs. It didn’t matter if he had been there before or if it was a new club, he was still extremely silent, especially after the caretakers took him from her arms.

Many of the caretakers didn’t think it was a big problem but as a parent, Fuya was very distressed about this. However she still had no choice but to leave him there.

But now he had actually called out to the young man carrying him..

To others this might not mean anything, but to Fuya, this was a huge progress and an indication that she had made the right choice in sending him here.

“Then I entrust my child to you.” Fuya smiled and nodded goodbye to the staff, she then gave her cub one last look before walking away.

The Kuhti cub in Xie Tao’s arms followed his mother with his eyes as she left. Knowing that the cub had just left his mother and had yet to adapt to this new environment, Xie Tao was extra gentle and soothed him by lightly stroking his back. He then lifted him up a bit higher, and meeting those deep dark eyes, he said. “Baby, I will take you to meet the other cubs in the club that you will be living with, okay?”

Although the cub did not like nursing clubs, he made no move to refuse Xie Tao plans, he only continued to stare at Xie Tao’s face. Since there was no response and the Kuhti cub was still willing to let Xie Tao hold him, Xie Tao took it as if he agreed to it.

When Xie Tao introduced the Kuhti cub to the other cubs, they showed no obvious emotions. Most of them were only a bit curious when they first saw him but then quickly adapted to this new cub’s presence.

Originally, the cub had quivered and shrunken down into a ball when Xie Tao released him. He had not approached the other cubs and instead only peeped at them through his fluff-fort. But seeing that they did not show any aggression or other forms of rejection, the cub put down his guard a bit and stood up.

However, he only took a couple of steps forward before stopping again. He was still a bit afraid but as he was hesitating, he suddenly felt a light tap on his back and looked back. Xie Tao had noticed the cub’s hesitation and therefore gently nudged him forward. When the cub looked back, Xie Tao met those deep eyes and softly encouraged him. “It’s okay, I’m here if you need me.”

The Kuhti cub looked at the other cubs and then looked back at Xie Tao before lightly fluttering his wings and bravely walked over to the other cubs.

“Tiuh.” His last steps faltered a bit at the end, but when he finally made it to the other cubs, he straightened his back, and excitingly turned around to call out to Xie Tao.

What did the cub’s actions mean?

The other people in the room only saw it as a sign that the cub had adapted to the new environment and did not think too much about it, but Xie Tao understood.

“Good job.” Walking over, Xie Tao crouched down and stretched out his index finger to gently pat and stroke the cub’s head.

The cub had been brave and done as Xie Tao had said, so of course he wanted to be praised for doing it.

Xie Tao understood this and felt that as long as they gave him enough encouragement, the cub would try to reach out more and would be able to adapt to this new environment. The only thing he needed was some self esteem.

“Tiuh!” Hearing the praise, the Kuhti cub proudly raised his chest and called out to him as if agreeing.

[T/N: Lol, imagine a high pitched voice proudly saying, “Yeah, I did good, didn’t I!”]

In addition to the Kuhti cub, there were two more cubs in the club that, in Xie Tao’s opinion, had beast forms similar to that of birds. One was from the Cotto race and the other was from the Kuwei. The Cotto had soft feathers in different shades of grey and the Kuwei had shiny yellow feathers similar to that of a baby goose.

Although the Kuhti cub was tense around other cubs, Xie Tao though that the cub would be more comfortable if he was around more similar cubs that were the same size as him. Xie Tao therefore put the three together in hopes that it would be the first step towards the Kuhti cub’s integration.

Xie Tao had only good intentions, however when he brought the two other cubs to the Kuhti cub, he found that the cub did not get as comfortable as he had expected.

In fact, the small chest that had been raised after being praised, shrunk back, and the cub awkwardly moved his wings as he slightly lowered his head.

“Baby?” His mother had not said anything about his situation in the other nursing clubs or at home. But after observing the cub’s reactions, Xie Tao felt that the cub must have experienced something traumatic that made him act the way he did.

Looking at the Kuhti cub’s current state, Xie Tao heart ached, and after thinking about it, he picked the cub up. Gazing down at the cub in his arms, he lightly touched his soft red feathers and whispered. “Don’t be afraid, the other cubs are very well-behaved and nice, they won’t bully you, I promise.”

This was the first time that someone was being so patient with him and although being treated this way felt a bit weird and foreign, the cub liked this new warm sensation.

The cub looked at Xie Tao for a while and then turned his head to the two cubs he just met before skeptically looking back at Xie Tao. “Tiuuh?”

In the previous nursing clubs, the caretakers had never been this patient. The one teaching him would start frowning after a while and then shake their head and sigh.

This cub simply must not have the ability to fly…

The cub had been to several nursing clubs and this was the sentence he repeatedly heard the caretakers say. But it still wasn’t worse then when they finally gave up..

We have tried our best. If the cub still can’t fly when the parents visit then they can’t blame us, there is something wrong with the cub…

When cubs similar to him got to know that he could not fly, they usually stayed far away from him. Even though other cubs who did not have the ability to fly, did not deliberately avoid him, they still thought of him as stupid and ignored him.

After hearing the cub’s questioning tone, Xie Tao nodded and tenderly touched the Kuhti cub’s back feathers.

While comforting him, Xie Tao slowly moved his hand to one of the cub’s wings. The cub got a little tense but still permitted him to gently spread out his wing.

Xie Tao lightly moved his fingertips along one of the wings’ feathers. Although the rest of the cub’s body was covered with soft fluff-feathers, his wings had long and robust feathers that felt powerful enough to carry him.

The Kuhti cub in Xie Tao’s arms quietly looked up at Xie Tao as he examined his wings. Since Xie Tao had never done anything to hurt him and shown him kindness, the cub did not struggle and obediently sat still, even though he really hated anything related to his wings.

The cub’s mother had said that the cub was healthy, his wings were neither injured nor stunted, however Xie Tao wanted to see for himself.

Xie Tao therefore gently lifted the left wing and mimicked the movement of flying. As he did this he carefully observed the cub in order to see if the cub showed any signs of pain or discomfort.

It was not that Xie Tao did not trust the parent’s words, but he felt that such an important matter should also be confirmed personally. After all, what if there was some kind of injury that they had missed?

He knew that medical treatment in this world was much more advanced than in his world. But, even if it was a one in ten thousand possibility that it would be missed, Xie Tao felt that it was necessary to see with his own eyes. After all, if something happened to be missed, then it would be he himself who caused the cub pain when forcing him to train.

The Kuhti cub remain motionless when Xie Tao moved his left wing and did not show any signs of pain. Seeing this, Xie Tao felt a bit relieved, but he still made sure to throughly check the wing by putting a small amount of pressure on different places on the wing. He then used the same method to check the right wing.

Xie Tao determined that his wings seemed fine, the cub would be able to learn how to fly, he only needed the right guidance.

A Kuhti cub that can’t fly, unlike Xie Tao who lacked common sense, the other caretakers in the Yunbao branch were not as optimistic about this situation. Especially so after reading the check-in information filled out by the mother which contained every previous club the cub had stayed at…

Even the clubs ranked first, third and tenth couldn’t get the cub to fly, so how could they, a low grade club, possibly do it?

Those clubs, whether it was the facilities or the caretakers, were better than at their club, so it was really hard to believe that they would be able to do it.

The first few days they worked to integrate the Kuhti cub into the new environment and by Xie Tao’s considerate care, the cub managed to adapt to life in the club.

Although the cub could not fly, he could still walk, and whenever that little fluff ball moved, the cute sound of his claws against the wooden floor could be heard.

The Kuhti cub really liked living in the Yunbao branch, because here, even if he couldn’t fly and had to walk everywhere, the other cubs would not avoid him. The caretakers in club also didn’t sign or shake their heads, neither did they always look disappointed at him. So after adapting, the cub became much more happy and energetic than he had ever been at any of the other clubs.

“Tiuh-tiuh.” Seeing Xie Tao entering the building, the Kuhti cub called out to him and ran over to greet him.

Xie Tao picked up the cub and touched his soft red feathers, he then softly said. “Baby, do you want to start the fly training?”

They hadn’t brought up the matter until now. It had been Xie Tao’s proposal to first let the cub adapt to his new living environment and then start the training. Xie Tao had been concerned that it otherwise would cause the cub unnecessary stress and interfere with his integration.

As experienced caretakers, Xia Qi, Lin Yi and Zheng Zhou understood and had no objections to Xie Tao’s idea. They had all even cooperated to try to create a good environment for this Kuhti cub and made sure that the other cubs treated him well.

Hearing the youth’s words, the Kuhti cub who had just been energetic, suddenly shrank his body and hid his head in Xie Tao’s shirt.

Although this action showed fear and reluctance, it also showed that the cub found security in Xie Tao’s embrace and depended on him.

Seeing this, Xie Tao lightly stroked the cub’s soft feathers and lowed his voice as he said. “We will take it slowly, everything is going to be fine, I don’t expect you to learn right away.”

Most Kuhti cubs were able to master flight by themselves, after all they had deeply rooted instincts guiding them. It was only a small number of cubs that needed external guidance in order to learn, but even in those cases, the learning process was generally very smooth and usually didn’t take more than three days.

However, this Kuhti cub obliviously didn’t belong to any of the categories above… He needed special guidance and Xie Tao didn’t mind accompanying the cub to explore and slowly find the method that works for him. It would all be worth it when the cub finally learned how to fly.

“Tiuh..” If it had been any other person asking, the cub would have directly struggled to get away, but since it was Xie Tao’s request, the cub dispiritedly agreed.

In the afternoon Xie Tao therefore wiped the dust off an old cabinet and pushed the two meter high furniture out to an open space.

After finishing preparing, Xie Tao picked up the Kuhti cub and soothingly stroked him as he raised his arms and placed the cub on top of the cabinet.

“Will this really work?…” Zheng Zhou, like the other two caretakers in the club, didn’t have much confidence in this method.

If it had been any other cub learning how to fly, it might have worked, but this wasn’t an ordinary cub. Many high ranked clubs had already tried and failed to get him to fly, and they therefore felt that using such a basic method wouldn’t give much results.

Xie Tao did not respond to his question. He knew that it might not be the most effective way to get the cub to fly but he thought that it might be a good start.

After being put on top of the cabinet , the cub stayed put for a while and then turned around and took two steps towards the edge. Seeing the cub looking down at him, Xie Tao opened his arms and said warmly. “Baby, come here.”

“Tiuh..” Taking one more step forward, the cub hooked his claws onto the edge of the cabinet and slightly moved his wings. The destination was the youth’s embrace, the cub looked at Xie Tao and then down at the floor… Standing on that cabinet was like standing on a steep cliff and after hesitating for a bit, the cub weakly called out as he retreated in fear.

The youth’s embraced was a very safe place, but he couldn’t fly…

“Don’t be afraid.” Xie Tao still had his arms open, “If you can’t fly, I will catch you.”

Hearing his words, the cub gathered up his courage and after having Xie Tao give him a confirmative nod, he tried to fly over to him.

However, he couldn’t even hover in the air for three seconds and after a few wing flaps, the cub fell straight down into the hands of Xie Tao who had been prepared to catch him.

The cub was so bad at flying that it didn’t even fly at all, only fall…

Although it didn’t show on the faces of the people present, each one of them were sighing in their heart, they had been right.

The Kuhti cub who had fallen into the arms of the youth, carefully buried his head in Xie Tao’s shirt and lifted his wings over his head to further hide himself as he made himself small.

Unexpectedly, Xie Tao lifted the cub up and kissed the cute fluff ball in his forehead as he praised him. “You’re awesome.”

The three people standing by the side could only stare blankly at this scene and then couldn’t help but thoughtfully look at the human youth.

“Tiuuh?” The Kuhti cub who heard the praise, partially raised his body and slightly tilted one of the wings that were covering his face in order to peek through and take a look at Xie Tao’s expression.

The cub was surprised, he knew that he had failed, but this time he had not even heard a disappointed sigh and he even got a praise.

“We will practice a little every day.” Xie Tao touched the small wings of the cub in his arms and said, “I promise that we will be able to get you to fly. Let’s just do our best, okay?”

“Tiuh!” The Kuhti cub enthusiastically agreed and then affectionately stroked his beak against Xie Tao’s finger.

From that day on, the Kuhti cub, who had originally been very resistant to learning how to fly, tried to flap his wings every day, even after the daily training was completed.

He was taking his own initiative to learn.

Seeing the effort the cub put into it, all the staff in Yunbao branch couldn’t help but root for him and they had even started to believe that the cub might actually succeed.

Translator’s note:

957f36bbcaec885e957b0df07a5dbfc5Hi, I just want to bring up a matter.

When I got home from school today, I was really motivated to translate, but then I noticed two new comments that made me really discouraged and sad, it was like all energy was drained from me.

On chapter 4:

On chapter 4:

On chapter 6:

This person had earlier commented on chapter 13 and I had answered them:

This person had earlier commented on chapter 13 and I had answered them:

As you can see above, I plan on having a release schedule of one chapter per week as I need time for my schoolwork as well (I will publish on Fridays)

What hurts is that even though I gave an explanation, that person still said that I was procrastinating. I have been really busy with school and used all my free time to translate, I haven’t even been able to read BL for weeks and I’m just really tired…

That person even wrote a novel pickup request, saying that I translate in “sloth speed”. You shouldn’t even make such a request if it has not gone three months since the latest chapter, at least according to NU…

Sigh, sorry for this long note, my grandmother died this week so I was already a bit down even before I saw this. The pictures of the newly introduced cubs that I originally was going to add to this note can be found on the character page. Thanks JayCzar for your donation and thanks to all lovely readers for your support. ♥︎

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89 thoughts on “CRA Chapter 14

  1. I really like this novel and your easy to read translation. I agree with what the other people has been writing. Also I totally understand your motivation going down the well to the bottom when reading negative comments.

    This is something similar I felt when one person translated (author maybe?) a good novel. And looked down on those people that was reading a novel that apparently someone had uploaded on another site as it was theirs work. I understand that translaters angry feeling when the work being taken as someones elses accomplishment and being complimented for it. But reading that negative, hating comment that he looked down on other readers that like me didn’t know it was copied I lost interest to actually read it.

    I feel it isn’t my fault for reading on a site when it’s that persons (whoever it is) fault for uploading it on that site I tumbled onto.

    So I hope you will get your happy feelings back to keep translating this novel. And I’m sorry for your loss. Take your time to grieve and doing your schoolwork and live your life! ❤️

    Ps. That name I wrote doesn’t mean I can Chinese. It’s just checking up on google translate for the words and put them together. Shuîshé = Watersnake (my west and east zodiacs 😉 )

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  2. That is mean. 😦 Even I, who doesn’t translate anything and usually only do assignments (in college) am getting little sleep imo //and I haven’t updated my fanfics for a while ;w; I’m sad…

    Ah, but usually those who write comments like those are generally people who don’t have anything better to do so they are more of a sloth than slow-translating translators imo.

    Thanks for the update and good luck with school!

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  3. Forget about that person, the fact that you’re updating at all is already better than others! Don’t be discouraged because on this one person! Because reading the google translated raws isn’t the same as reading your translations (which are good btw).

    Although I don’t always comment, I’ll always come to read this story! Keep up the good work!

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  4. Translating is hard! And not only that, you’re translations are fantastic quality and easy to read! What’s more, you’re translating this novel out of you’re own time, so I’m really annoyed to the max such a negative person commented that! Like, if you don’t like something, why not do it yourself and stop b*tching about it. And if you have to rely on someone else to see it through, then just stfu omg. You’re doing an AMAZING job and don’t you ever forget that!

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  5. You are doing this for free. So we have no right to demand you to translate this faster. In fact I’m thankful you are even translating this. If the other Roberson wanted this faster they should have done it themselves.

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  6. Fucking bastard ingrate. Ungrateful scum. ILL KILL HIM FOR YOU DEAR LEO-sama!!!

    Oh my lord. I’ll make sure he suffers!

    I hope everything is okay!
    Are you alright?!
    Are you okay?!
    I’m a bit worried! Don’t let people get you down! You have lots of patient and loyal and VERY LOVING FANS.

    Example. Me!
    Thank you for the translations! To be honest. I’m currently passing out and falling asleep. My eyes are starting to fail me. But this story is so good I’m tying to catch up! But holy cow! I’m tired as heck!

    Thank you again for the chapters!

    Any Pokémon fans?
    Anyone else imagined Bagon jumping off cliffs and trying to fly?
    No one?
    Okay, just me?
    Well then. Lol.
    It’s funny as heck. Lol.

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  7. Hi im Adi an indonesian native
    i like your translation its easy to read event though im not fluent in English
    dont be discouraged we are cheering for you
    i have a bad time too but i beleive i can make it
    so why you get down just from a few comment cheer up be positive

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  8. Sorry to hear about your grandmother.

    Thank you for your translations. I really appreciate them and the time you take to do them. For every disgruntled reader who complains about speed there are many of us who are grateful you’re doing this at all and understand you also have a life.

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  9. I was listening to Down in the Valley by an artist on an old Movie called Stir crazy lol and started to read this novel, the fluffiness caught me by surprise, and this particular chapter had me teary… I mean sure he’s got a cheat ability but, the genuine care and kindness strangely works miracles almost instantaneously its gotten a bit too easy, but still, I really enjoyed this, I can really feel the warmth of his kindness to these lil babies, I just got a bit emotional lol haha sad right aww…

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  10. Dear translator, some readers do not think and simply write. Always focus on readers who write good comments. I’m grateful for your professional and personal life. My feelings.
    Thank you very much for the chapter and for the hard work!

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  11. NOO dear TL
    It’s going to be okay!
    As a person who dipped my toes into TLing, I know it’s hard and brain tiring. I hope people would be more encouraging. ;x;

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  12. *inhales* YOU MOTHERF#CKRS WHO ONLY KNOW HOW TO COMPLAIN BETTER SHUT YOUR TRAPS!😬 Seriously, if you can’t take it, go learn Chinese or something. Useless pieces of dung! 👹
    I’m sorry for the vulgar words. I’m really mad how inconsiderate those things are. Its not like the world revolves around them. Spoiled sh*+$!
    And although I am always being quiet, I am one of the many who deeply appreciates your work and efforts. Ganbatte!

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  13. I know this is a little late but real life comes first. Your health is the most important. So, seeing how your grandmother died, take all the time you need. It’s important to properly grieve. As I said before your health is important. As for the people that complain about the updates…they obviously don’t know how hard it is to translate. One of my favorite novels, love is more than just a word, hasn’t been updated in a long time however that doesn’t mean I complained about it. Instead, I tried to translate it myself and ended up ripping my hair out lol. People that complain don’t know how hard it actually is plus the time that goes into it. Those are also the people that are to busy talking out of their ass because I know they are too lazy to translate it themselves (some are. If you do this but try to translate kudos to you but you shouldn’t be rude as to insult the translator). So don’t pay any attention to those types of people. They aren’t worth your time. Also, I’m attending college full-time and working part-time as well so I understand the lack of time, I really do. School can be very stressful. As such, take the time you need. I love this story and your translation so I won’t mind waiting. ^^

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  14. I think that a weekly update is a good speed. The chapter quality is good, which can’t be said about the ones that update daily or several a day, and I read some novels that update once every 2 to 3 weeks, so I don’t see how a weekly update is slow. Good luck with school though and thanks for translating this novel.

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  15. @Pranav, what nonsense is this Pranav saying? Weekly update is already so amazing! I have even waited 3 years for a novel to f-ingly get picked up and update once again! Aaaah that painful time~

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  16. You shouldn´t give a shit about someone trying to hurry you.
    It´s not as if he or she pays you for translating. There are enough people
    enjoying your work and I personally think that you are not really slow paced.

    When I read novel translations and can´t wait for the update, I will normally just
    machine translate as far as I can and reread the proper translation
    when a few chapters have accumulated.

    Sincere thanks for your effort!

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  17. Well, can’t blame for there are many types of reader especially clearly seen on the internet.
    Just take your time and translate these amazing novels as you also enjoy it, don’t stress yourself.
    Thank you for your hard work!

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  18. Never mind them, I just grateful that you translate for us reader without your translate it, I would not know that this light novel exists. And I am very happy to read it. I love all the fluffyness.


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  19. as a translator myself, I know how hard it is to keep up with schedules. my schedule is to translate 3 chapters per week and that’s already like S-level task for me as I do have a job and other things to do. and the fact that you/we do these things for free is enough to let people know that they have no right to demand anything from us as we do this for our own enjoyment and just wanted to share some good stories. although I have just found this novel and this comment is like a million years late, if you need any help with the translation, feel free to contact me. you can email me directly or contact me via discord. I hope you’re already feeling better and doing great now.


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    1. Thank you for the concern. (*´꒳`*)

      Those comments came at a very low point in my life, but I’m feeling better now.

      It was very nice of you to offer help if I run into some problem. My translating skill isn’t perfect and sometimes I do become unsure about some things, so I might take you up at your offer, haha. Btw, are you in the Secret Danmei Confederation on discord?


  20. Here in 2019 but still wanna give you a hug and a hearty pat on the back! You are a good translator, you are doing an awesome job! *Internet hugs*

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  21. No! Don’t be disheartened. We are already very much grateful that you got this wonderful story to be translated. You are doing a great job, you know? You take your time. RL is always the priority. As for me, I will just wait patiently and will continue to support in the shadows. Fighting! Thanks for the chapter!

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  22. Cute birdie! Luckily it seems like the other cubs aren’t getting jealous.

    I know it was a while ago, but don’t stress. It’s great enough that you’ve shared your translations in the first place. And yours are very comprehensible.

    I’ve read some that haven’t updated in months. And others that seem like pure mtl. If they don’t like, don’t read. 😝

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