Chapter 5: I Want to Let Him Grow Up with Me
Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Gu YuMian turned off the live broadcast early because the snow leopard looked sleepy. His original plan was to take him to the police station after dinner, but after a phone call, he was told again that they were busy at present and asked him to come back tomorrow. Gu YuMian couldn’t help but wait one night.
He made a nest for the snow leopard on the sofa with cushions and quilts.
“Uncle will take you to your parents tomorrow,” Gu YuMian said, touching his small head and was slapped with one paw. “Well, good night.”
Snow leopards used to be nocturnal creatures, but Gu YuMian found that animals in the interstellar age, regardless of their original habits, now worked like humans. He thought about it and asked with some concern, “By the way, are you afraid to be alone at night? Do you want to sleep with uncle?”
“…” The little snow leopard looked at Gu YuMian for a while with the kind of expression one would use to look at a fool, and then he looked down and circled himself with his tail and closed his eyes.
Gu YuMian, “…Well, I won’t close the door. If you’re afraid, just come in.”
He went to take a bath, then left only a small night light on and turned off the main lights to sleep. Gu YuMian had a good sleep quality, and he soon fell asleep after lying down. However, in the middle of the night, he suddenly felt a depression beside the bed, and then his chest was stuffy, as if he had been pressed down by something, with a fluffy tail sweeping the tip of his nose.
The moonlight spread all over the place, quiet and serene.
But not on the other side of the city.
Since the disappearance of His Majesty, the Secretary and the Executive Officer, together with all the accompanying politicians, had gone mad. Takk’s executives didn’t sleep for two days. Afraid of being used by others, they couldn’t put the news on the internet. Now Takk looked calm on the surface, but it was already in a deep depression.
Compared with so many things that big people needed to think about, the steward in charge of serving the Emperor was worried about another problem.
“His Majesty didn’t take any medicine with him,” the steward had taken care of His Majesty for thirty years, and watched the Emperor grow up. He sighed, “He can’t sleep outside. What can I do…”
Few people knew that the Emperor had serious insomnia. He used to be okay but after the war against the Zerg, the disease had reached an extreme, and the only way to get sleep was to use drugs.
The Emperor’s grumpy temper had a lot to do with it.
The most professional physicians in the Empire were at a loss. The doctor said that it was related to His Majesty’s strong mental power and ability. Unless he found a partner with one hundred percent compatibility, there would be no medicine to cure him.
But the percentage was too hard to find. Moreover, His Majesty had the highest mental power in history. If someone wanted to be compatible with His Majesty at a one hundred percent rate, the partner must also have strong mental power and ability. But looking at the whole universe, where was there such a person?
The steward folded his hands and prayed as every night before, “I hope His Majesty is safe and has a good dream tonight.”
The old steward would not know that for the first time in more than 9,000 nights, 1 his prayer had come true.
The next day.
When Gu YuMian Woke up, he found several short silver hairs on the bed.
Gu YuMian, “…?”
He didn’t think much about it and went to wash. He got up early, but he didn’t expect the snow leopard to get up earlier. Gu YuMian saw he was licking his right paw when he came out and then the leopard was stiff all over. He quickly put down his paw and sat in front of him.
Gu YuMian thought he was so cute that his heart quivered.
After breakfast, he took the snow leopard to the police station.
Gu YuMian figured that the little ancestor must be spoiled at home. He didn’t want to walk on the ground, and used Gu YuMian’s shoulder as his exclusive VIP seat and kept a look at the world.
After entering the police station, the police first took the snow leopard to do a basic inspection. Then, some words were not for children to listen to. Gu YuMian asked a policewoman in the waiting room to take care of the snow leopard. The little snow leopard wanted to follow him and was rejected, so he almost lost his temper and was in a bad mood.
Policewoman, “Darling, your big brother just left for a while, he did not abandon you.”
Snow Leopard: “…” Big brother?
His mood was even worse.
The light screen in front of the waiting room was floating in the air, and the news was being broadcasted. It was a clip of Takk’s reporter interviewing Mr. Fennick and others.
“His Majesty is not feeling well and is resting,” said Mr. Fennick, looking at the camera, tapping his index finger casually at the table and smiling. “Yes, yes, we hope His Majesty will recover soon.”
The background was noisy, and the sound of Fennick’s knock was almost covered. Only a very keen man could find out that he was typing a military Morse code. The translation was—
[Your Majesty, be sure to pay attention to safety. If you are not stable enough, don’t expose your identity first, in case you are used by people who are only interested in themselves.]
This time, there was a Duke who was quite complacent recently. He was so greedy that he wanted to join in everything. Sima Zhao’s heart was well known. Fennick knew that His Majesty didn’t care about him. This time, it was chaotic and he wanted to take care of the other along the way.
But they didn’t expect this to happen and gave the other party a chance to take advantage of him.
This is what they called ‘people with an evil heart.’
The little snow leopard looked at the light screen, his ears moved, and his eyes narrowed a moment later.
The other side.
Gu YuMian explained all the information he knew to the police inspector in detail, and then asked, “Mr. Police Officer, is it possible that he is a lost child? How can we contact his parents without an optical computer?”
The police inspector heard half of it clearly, then shook his head. “He will not be a lost child.”
Gu YuMian, “What do you mean?”
The police inspector told him a cruel fact, “If he doesn’t have an optical computer, he’s not a lost child.”
In the interstellar age, the optical computer, which integrated ID cards and mobile phones, was of great importance. The optical computer could not be easily damaged. As long as it was not damaged, it would automatically follow the owner, so it would not be lost.
If someone wanted to destroy the optical computer, they must attack it for a long time using mental power above SS level.
“In all the stars, only His Majesty has a higher level of mental power than SS. So, in theory, without an optical computer, he should be a homeless child who has been abandoned since he was born. In addition,” the police officer sent a document to his optical computer, “this is the child’s report.”
Gu YuMian looked at it:
【Race: Albino Leopard. 2
Mental rating: Not awakened.
Difficulty of awakening: Extremely high.]
“No,” Gu YuMian frowned. He was a student of animal science and he couldn’t be mistaken. “He’s a snow leopard.”
The policeman shook his head, “Snow leopard? I haven’t heard of this race. It’s hard for albino species to awaken their mental power, they have low intelligence, have no language communication ability, and can’t obtain a human form… It’s normal for them to be abandoned. Well, in a word, what you want to do, sir, please think about it. We understand your choice. After all, it’s not easy for everyone to live their own lives.”
Across the waiting room on one wall, the snow leopard sat on the seat, his grey-blue eyes flashed a little mockery.
It was a consensus in the world that albino species were equal to waste. The abandonment rate of albino species was very high, and few were willing to adopt albino species. 3
It was familiar with all the world’s comments on albino species—
“How could the royal family produce an albino? A waste came out.”
“Your Majesty, don’t even bother to give it a name. The Queen plans to strangle it. What do you think such a thing was born for?”
“What are you afraid of? Albino’s are mentally retarded. Anyway, it can’t be understood — Hey, right, little bastard?”
“I want to let him grow up with me.”
The little snow leopard’s eyes suddenly opened.
The voice of the youth was clear and yet fuzzy like a little oxygen was injected into the frozen deep sea of thousands of kilometers, faintly shining.
He said I want to let him grow up with me.
For a moment, the leopard couldn’t hear anything else.
In half an hour.
Gu YuMian took the snow leopard to leave the police station. There was a Q version baby optical computer around the little guy’s neck. Gu YuMian just made some money yesterday. After buying an optical computer, he became a pauper again.
The Q version of the optical computer was a collar with a small bow-tie shape. It was specially designed so it wouldn’t feel uncomfortable. The little snow leopard looked like a little gentleman with a bow tie. Gu YuMian liked it very much.
But the little snow leopard despised the optical computer and tried to lose his temper at Gu YuMian.
“We don’t have any money, my little ancestor. Let’s make do with it first,” Gu YuMian comforted him. “We’ve spent all our money all of a sudden. How can we give you delicious food, right?”
The little snow leopard still looked unhappy, with a calm face.
Gu YuMian suddenly felt it was more lovely.
Throw away the snow leopard? Gu YuMian couldn’t do it. After the formalities, he became the guardian of the little snow leopard and he would be inspected regularly. If he failed to fulfill his duties as a guardian, he would be legally responsible. Of course, this was not an adoptive relationship, because he and the snow leopard were not a species, just a kind of guardianship.
“I’ll take you to buy some necessities first,” Gu YuMian said. “By the way, I should give you a name… How about Xue Tuan? TaunTaun?” 4
Gu YuMian’s talent for naming his pandas ‘Big Wok’ and ‘Second Wok’ was not very good, but Gu YuMian liked the name very much.
Snow Leopard, “…”
He pressed his paw on Gu YuMian’s lips, and his face was gloomy, expressing strong protest.
“It seems you like it too,” Gu YuMian said in a lie. “That’s up to you.”
Little snow leopard, “…”
Then Gu YuMian took the snow leopard to the store to buy its daily necessities. Because of his poverty, he couldn’t afford to go to high-end supermarkets. Gu YuMian went to a private shop with high customer evaluation, that still maintained the business model of ancient earth.
The owner was a golden retriever. Outside the shop, two little golden retriever puppies 5 were lying in the sun. The shopkeeper greeted him, “What can I do for you, sir?”
“I need to buy daily necessities for a child,” Gu YuMian said. “Is there a cat section?”
Gu YuMian looked around and asked for a small bed, quilt and pillow, all kinds of medicines and special bath props… It was quite a lot.
“Yes, I will show you.”
The two little goldens woke up. One of them moved his nose, walked askew to Gu YuMian’s side, grabbed his pants and climbed up. The other called out at Gu YuMian’s feet two times and began to climb. Gu YuMian’s heart melted. He had no resistance to these small animals and wanted to reach out and pick up the two puppies. Suddenly, the little goldens were stiff.
Gu YuMian, “?”
Gu YuMian couldn’t see it. The snow leopard, who sat on his shoulder, had looked at the two puppies indifferently. His tail loosened and he wrapped it around Gu YuMian’s neck. He put this human into his own sphere of influence and had no interest in sharing him with other creatures.
The little goldens trembled with fear in their eyes, and after a few seconds, they fled.
Gu YuMian, “??”
This was a situation that had never happened before.
In order to support himself and the snow leopard, Gu YuMian had to work harder to make money. If it was just him, he could be frugal and live on his guaranteed wage. But now that he had a child, the cost of living expenses had increased dramatically.
Although the police said that the snow leopard could not wake up mentally and intellectually, Gu YuMian didn’t care about it at all. Since the child would be raised by him, he should give it the best of his ability.
That evening, Gu YuMian carefully analyzed his live broadcast from yesterday. As an anchorman, he was neither talented, good-looking or outgoing, and he couldn’t tell stories. To be fair, Gu YuMian didn’t think he was outstanding in any aspect.
However, in the end, the audience’s response was good. What was the key?
He was not a cook. Even if he could make some delicious food using his cleverness, he was not qualified to be a food anchor. Gu YuMian analyzed yesterday’s video and the situation of the bullet curtain and finally found out where the hole was.
It was only when the second half of the live broadcast was switched to the first angle of view of the snow leopard that the curtain began to warm up. He had some ideas about how to do his next live broadcast.
“TuanTuan,” Gu YuMian picked up the snow leopard and asked, “would you please help me with the live broadcast tomorrow? I promise it won’t make you tired at all.”
Snow Leopard, “…”
He stared at the human with great displeasure. Who had such a stupid name?
In the past, when he showed this look, the internal ministers and various officials would have already knelt down and shivered, but the human did not take it seriously.
He shook his little snow leopard’s paw and said, “Agree, ancestor, please.”
Snow Leopard, “…”
And so, the human used this kind of entreaty, said many good words, and the little snow leopard just pretended to calmly, barely, nod.
The next day, the little snow leopard was sleeping late. Gu YuMian spent the whole morning doing all kinds of preparations, and then logged into the Star Live platform again at two in the afternoon, intending to start the live broadcast.
Then he was startled by the number of fans he had.
One, two…. It wasn’t zero?!
- 24 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days
- Albino leopards have dark brown spots while snow leopards have black, snow leopards are also waaaay fluffier. You can see the differences yourself.
- Albinism is only seen in about 1 of every 1,800 birds. The two most common species of albino birds are the common house martin and the American robin. Famous albino birds include “Snowdrop”, a Bristol Zoo penguin. Total albinism – a simultaneous complete absence of melanin from the eyes, skin, and feathers. Learn more here.
- 雪团 = Xue Tuan = Snow Ball; 团团= TuanTuan = Ball Ball or Round Ball, it can also mean Round Dumpling.