Chapter 6: Preparing for Internal Test
Xiao Su was probably facing difficulties too as she signed the contract without much hesitation. Duan Jiaze’s tentative opening time was one month later with no specific date.
His goal was to open as soon as possible and the deadline for the task was to reach the minimum opening requirement within one month. While the animals had been purchased, if he still could not recruit the employees after one month, then the strike of thunder would be coming down and it wouldn’t be necessary to open the zoo anymore.
Originally, Xiao Su would only start work when the zoo open, but the girl offered to take up training or internship during this period and was fine with receiving half of her salary– because she was too poor to have any choices.
Duan Jiaze was feeling helpless because there was nothing to train her about. Xiao Su could only disappointedly express that she would have to go back to doing odd jobs which make Duan Jiaze felt bad.
As he had to sign the contract with the employee, Duan Jiaze contacted Lawyer Wang again. Lawyer Wang had some misgivings. Why did Duan Jiaze not sell the zoo?
Duan Jiaze awkwardly said that he decided to continue operating the zoo and was recruiting at the moment.
Lawyer Wang was somewhat surprised and congratulated Duan Jiaze, but Duan Jiaze felt that his mind was thinking otherwise.
Later on, Duan Jiaze discovered that he had thought wrongly of him because Lawyer Wang specially contacted Duan Jiaze to inform him that a younger brother of one of his colleague was looking for work but couldn’t find any. In a fit of anger, he decided to do hard labor instead.
As Lawyer Wang said it was better to be an zookeeper then to do manual labor, that person became interested, so Lawyer Wang was here to introduce the employee to Duan Jiaze. As it was exactly what Duan Jiaze needed, he was very thankful for it.
A few days later, the brother of Lawyer Wang’s colleague came for the interview. The young man was called Liu Bin. Although he didn’t look that good, he had a lot of muscles on his body and seemed to be quite honest. He studied early and entered the same academic year as Duan Jiaze, however, he was one year younger and didn’t bothered to address him as an older brother.
Liu Bin did not think that Director’s age was almost the same as himself. He was particularly surprised and said straightforwardly, “People and people are just different. I couldn’t find a job even if I were to knock my head on the floor until it was broken and bleeding. Duan-gē, you and I are the same age, yet you are hiring. Hey! It is difficult to find a job, it is even harder to find a job in the environmental engineering profession. I’m almost going to the manual labor sector!”
Duan Jiaze: “…”
Listening to such familiar words, Duan Jiaze couldn’t help bursting into hot tears. “Dì1, you studied environmental engineering too, which school did you graduate from?”
The two looked at each other in consternation. They did not expect themselves to have such a relationship. After talking about their specialty field, they became even closer.
The latter event became quite smooth. Liu Bin originally thought about coming up with some reasons, however, since the director and himself had the same professional, he didn’t hesitate anymore. This job actually had a senior, so he signed the contract with Duan Jiaze.
Duan Jiaze recruited two people in the blink of an eye. When he returned, he called Xiao Su and told her to come over for training.
Duan Jiaze’s instruction was to have three employees. Now that he had recruited two people, he simply asked the villagers to stop coming as he could count himself as the third employee. He was also relieved because he had to stare so intensely each time that he felt even more tired than doing the job by himself.
Xiao Su was delighted to come. She had been working odd jobs this few days, and it was more exhausting than the work here. Duan Jiaze naturally took care of her and asked her to feed the smaller animals such as fish and birds. Once the zookeepers had been recruited, she wouldn’t even have to feed the animals.
After all, Duan Jiaze came in earlier than them and knew that Luya could control these animals. He also saw how enthusiasm the animals were then eating their food, hence he was not afraid at all when he feed them.
What was there to be afraid of? The lion did not necessarily think that he was tastier than the meats from Ling Xiao Hope Project …
This elegant and generous enthusiasm had led Xiao Su and Liu Bin to think that he was a veteran.
They were all young adults so it only took a short few days for them to get familiar with each other.
Luna would appear in front of them from time to time and especially during eating.
Duan Jiaze recently hooked up with the security guard of the park. He heard that they would buy food from the surrounding villages, so he went to the villages and agreed to pay a sum of money every month to get them to deliver fresh vegetables from their lands.
If it were just one or two, the villagers might be too lazy to send. However, the zoo’s geographical environment was good, it was next to the park where the employees ordered a lot of food. Since it was convenient, they would send here to the zoo too.
With a source for vegetables, Duan Jiaze started cooking on his own. Even though Xiao Su and Liu Bin arrived here, they didn’t know how to cook. At noon he would cook additionally for two more people. But other than this, he would also have to start the kitchen stove for Luya and his food.
So, every day at noon, Liu Bin and Xiao Su would be hungry and look at Duan Jiaze, who was also hungry, stir-fry a dish for Luya. Luya would go to the side and eat what he had. (Duan Jiaze could still get a little bit, the other two could just forget about it). Duan Jiaze would then make theirs afterward and the three people would eat together which somehow showed that Luya was different.
To be honest, Liu Bin was very envious.
“I feel that… Lu-gē’s meals are always better than ours.” Liu Bin said quietly. In fact, theirs were not that bad. Duan Jiaze’s method of cooking seemed to be the same, but he wasn’t sure if it was a psychological effect that Luya’s food seemed to be tastier.
Xiao Su: “Because there are different ingredients in there.”
Liu Bin opened his mouth. “What? Chicken essence?”
Xiao Su drawn a heart with both her hands. “It’s this!”
Liu Bin: “…”
Liu Bin shivered and dared not respond.
After hiring Liu Bin and Xiao Su, Duan Jiaze did not recruit the third employee immediately. There were a lot of calls for enquires, but in the end, there were not a few that came for the interview, so no contract was signed.
On this morning, Duan Jiaze got up and went to the door to pick up the vegetables. He saw that there was an uncle who had never seen him alongside the auntie who was delivering the food. The uncle looked quite sophisticated and wore a pair of glasses.
The auntie introduced this uncle to Duan Jiaze, saying that he was Teacher Zhao from Tongxin Village Primary School.
Teacher Zhao and Duan Jiaze shook hands and it made him felt somewhat inexplicable. “Hello, Teacher Zhao.”
“Hello, Xiao2 Duan right? I heard that you are now the Yuán Zhǎng of this Lingyou Zoo?” Teacher Zhao smiled a little embarrassedly and said, “I came here with a presumptuous request…”
Teacher Zhao opened his mouth and spoke slowly, it was then that Duan Jiaze knew his purpose of coming.
It turned out that before Duan Jiaze had inherited the zoo, Cape Zoo had been letting the students of this Tongxin Village Primary School to come in and visit at for free at this time of the year.
At this time of the year, all the students who could enter the city had entered the city, and the primary school students who remained in the village mustn’t had a very good home’s condition. The school could not organize any extracurricular activities so this free sponsorship was a big event that students always looked forward to.
Duan Jiaze was stunned for a moment. He did not expect to find that many people actually did not disdain this small zoo, in fact, there were some people who were still looking forward to it. He thought about it and said, “You can rest assured that this practice will continue on, you can bring the children here any time.”
“Thank you very much!” Teacher Zhao held the hands of Duan Jiaze and thanked him. When he first heard that Cape Zoo would be closing down and then hearing again that the owner had been changed, he did not have much hope, but who knew that the new director was a student-like young man, his heart was also very good.
Before leaving, Teacher Zhao discussed with Duan Jiaze and hoped to come over in two days.
Although the zoo hadn’t open yet, Duan Jiaze had make a promise and he turned around to announce, “Comrades, we have an internal test!”
Liu Bin did not respond timely, “Internal test?”
Xiao Su: “Is there tourists coming?!”
Duan Jiaze told them about the free entrance for the primary school students. The sentimental girl even said, “Oh my God, are they fans of the Cape Zoo. Yuán Zhǎng, you say, will they ask us why did we change the name to Lingyou?”
Duan Jiaze calmly said, “They may ask how to read the word “you”.
Xiao Su: “…”
Duan Jiaze secretly went to look for Luya, “That, Dào Jūn, do you want to eat braised or steamed cooking tomorrow?”
Luya was watching his TV with his feet up. When he saw the keeper who was always talking back to him seeking his own opinions, it greatly satisfied his vanity, so he reservedly said, “Half steaming, half braised.”
“Alright, Tai Jūn3.” Duan Jiaze pretended to be a good slave.
Luya thought he had heard wrongly. “What do you say?”
Duan Jiaze looked at him innocently. “I said ‘Alright Dào Jūn’, is anything the matter, Dào Jūn?”
Luna looked at him with skeptical eyes and snorted without saying anything else.
Duan Jiaze said again, “This is what happened. Recently, I learned about the advanced experience of other zoos on the Internet. I feel that it’s pretty good, just that with our zoo’s current technical skills, we can’t achieve it. Don’t we have tourists coming in two days later? This is the first step towards our success in the future. I feel that they should feel the difference between Cape Zoo and Lingyou Zoo…”
Luya casted a side glance at Duan Jiaze. “What exactly do you want to do?”
Duan Jiaze: “Hehe…”