Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
An Jin asked loudly, “Did you really decide to stay in the sea and not go back?”
Rui Rui and Ling Ling nodded as they swam. Ling Ling felt him following behind and asked happily, “An An do you want to come with us?”
An Jin looked at the two of them and was really worried, but seeing their determined look, he knew he could not persuade them just by talking, so he said, “I’ll come with you.”
He accelerated and swam in front of Ling Ling and Rui Rui, who happily followed him. An Jin released his senses and swam to the sea with Rui Rui and Ling Ling, and encountered several waves of fierce fish in the sea. Feeling that Ling Ling and Rui Rui were not too energetic, he avoided the dangerous creatures in the sea and took them to a less populated location.
During this time, he kept releasing his senses, and his surroundings all came to his mind.
“An An?” Rui Rui saw him stop and was puzzled.
An Jin sensed that there was no one near the water, surfaced, and looked around. He found that it was actually a suburban factory, and the previous mermaid black market was underneath the factory.
An Jin thought that Norman had brought people over for convenience, so he said, “We’ll stay here.”
Ling Ling looked around and was relieved to see no big fish. “Listen to An An.”
An Jin whispered in interstellar, “We’re in the suburban factory, you keep quiet.”
A cloaked warship was sitting over An Jin’s head, Norman was sitting in the co-pilot seat, staring at the little mermaid on the virtual screen, restraining the idea of going down and taking the little mermaid away, respecting the little mermaid’s arrangement.
The little mermaid saw the mermaids as friends, and if his recklessness resulted in Ling Ling and Rui Rui wandering away and going missing, the little mermaid would certainly be sad.
Of course, he was perfectly capable of using strong-arm tactics to take the mermaids away, but a mermaid was likely to get hurt if he resisted, and the little mermaid would worry about his friends.
The little mermaid tried to persuade the mermaids that he would not interfere with the little mermaid’s plans.
An Jin floated and rested in the water, his blue fishtail dress shining in the flare light, and he couldn’t help but think of Norman who helped him buy the dress. He looked over at the terminal, the corners of his mouth curved slightly, and he turned over his palm. In his palm was a large, round white pearl, which he had picked up in the sea when he was chased by a shark and escaped.
Suddenly, the scene of Norman taking him for the first time to take care of his hair came to mind. Norman had bought him a lot of toys and a very expensive pearl hair ornament, but he never wore it. Instead, he slept in a clam-shell bed every day, and the pearl on the bed was bigger than this one on his hand.
“An An, are you very happy?” Ling Ling asked curiously, cocking his head.
Rui Rui said, “It must be because I got rid of the two-legged beast!”
An Jin said, “Why do you say that?”
Ling Ling pointed to his lips and then to his eyes. “You’re smiling!”
Rui Rui added, “Exactly the same as when I think of Ling Ling.”
“Nonsense,” Ling Ling corrected, “An An doesn’t smile as much as you do. An An is much quieter, but his smile looks sweet.”
An Jin froze and looked at the terminal in a panic, seeing the green light flashing on his bracelet. His heartbeat was in turmoil for a moment, but soon calmed down again. Fortunately, Norman did not understand mermaid language!
No, he pressed his backhand against his heated cheek, even if Norman could understand it, it’s not a big deal, it’s not like Norman knew what he was thinking… He pursed his lips and became more and more embarrassed.
So he smiled sweetly when he thought of Norman?
“An An, are you very hot? Is your skin all red from the sun?” Ling Ling said worriedly, “Shall we sink into the water?”
An Jin shook his head, saw Ling Ling and Rui Rui recovering a bit of spiritual powers, looked at the terminal, and decided to speed up the plan. He proposed, “Let’s change places.”
So the three were chased twice more by the single sea beast.
Eventually, An Jin stopped at a remote location. Both Ling Ling and Rui Rui had very little endurance and were tired after being chased for a long time. An Jin was not worried at all. When he escaped, he had communicated with Norman, and knew that Norman was nearby because of the sound of the water.
It was getting dark, and the three floated in the water. Ling Ling frowned and grabbed his blonde hair, slowly tidying it up, but it was not very convenient because his nails were too long.
“It’s tangled!” Ling Ling’s tone did not rise and fall, but was angry.
Rui Rui furrowed his eyebrows, grabbed his knotted hair and looked at Ling Ling seriously. “Ling Ling, even if I don’t look good anymore, you can’t dislike me!”
Ling Ling’s platinum eyes blinked. “I’m hungry.”
Rui Rui said, “You guys wait, I’ll go grab food.”
Rui Rui was very handy and soon caught two fish. Ling Ling grabbed one and opened his mouth to bite.
The next second, Ling Ling vomited and threw the fish away. “So bad.”
Rui Rui eeked, swam over to pick the fish up in his hand, and bit into it. His face crinkled into a ball. He threw the fish, yelling, “How can it be so hard to eat!”
The air was silent for a moment.
Ling Ling sighed. “I suddenly kind of want the two-legged beast.”
Rui Rui nodded in agreement. “It’s stupid, but it’s useful.”
An Jin seemed to be watching two children who had run away from home and missed the beauty of home after leaving it. He originally wanted Ling Ling and Rui Rui to back off, but he didn’t expect them to respond better than he expected. His heart moved. Originally he wanted to scrape the fish scales to remove the internal organs, but the action was paused.
The mermaids had a big difference in their perception of humans, and their attitude towards humans was not really friendly. After all this, realizing that humans were good, the mermaids may correct their attitude.
Now humans also realized that mermaids had intelligence, and both sides were correcting their cognitive words. People and mermaids may get along very well! Thinking of this, his eyes could not help but bend.
So that night, all three mermaids ate only a little seaweed for dinner.
An Jin whispered, “I think they’ll change their minds by tomorrow at the latest, so go back and rest, I’m safe here.”
Norman was heartbroken for the little mermaid, who hadn’t even eaten dinner and was being chased by sea creatures. “An An, I’ll take you back and send someone to track them, okay?”
An Jin hesitated for a moment, thinking of Ling Ling and Rui Rui’s change of heart. “If they don’t change their minds tomorrow, I’ll go back.”
Humans would make Ling Ling and Rui Rui more alert. Him following them was the most appropriate, after all, he had the ability to protect them.
Norman then stopped persuading him, and his eyes focused on the virtual screen of the small mermaid. “An An, rest early.”
An Jin woke up to see Ling Ling leaning in Rui Rui’s arms and the two mermaids were face to face, very close.
An Jin couldn’t help but feel envious. He raised his hand to touch his face, and could still recall the touch of Norman’s fingers landing on it.
“An An.” A low voice sounded, and An Jin hurriedly looked at the terminal, his heart suddenly losing its rhythm. He dropped his hand in a panic, his cheeks burning from the previous thoughts in his head, and he whispered, “Good morning.”
“Good morning, An An.”
“Who’s talking?” Ling Ling suddenly opened his eyes, and Rui Rui also woke up.
Norman stopped talking and An Jin said, “I’m a little hungry, so I want to wake you up and go find breakfast together.”
“I’m hungry too,” Ling Ling said. In the daylight, he saw Rui Rui’s messy hair and grabbed a handful of his own hair to look at. Ling Ling stared at his hair for a while and said, “I want to go back to the two-legged beast.”
Rui Rui covered his empty stomach. “I want to too.”
The two mermaids looked at An Jin with shining eyes, looking forward to it. An Jin was relieved and happy; he was worried that they would change their minds only after a while.
Ling Ling looked at the sea and wrinkled his nose. “Even in the sea, I can’t go anywhere I want.”
Rui Rui added, “Actually, the two-legged house, it’s quite good.”
An Jin suddenly thought of a word he had heard in modern times: true fragrance.
He was also a little impatient. “Then let’s go back, I’ll contact…two-legged beast to pick us up!”
Ling Ling and Rui Rui hurriedly nodded. “Yes!”
Rui Rui looked at An Jin with an expectant face. “An An, you will tell the two-legged beasts so that they won’t separate us, right?”
An Jin replied, “Of course,” and his delicate little face got serious, “but you also have to do one thing, tell the rest of the mermaids about your experience. Let them know that the sea is dangerous and that the two-legged beasts that give you food are good to you.”
The two runaways responded, “Okay!”
An Jin breathed a sigh of relief, felt something approaching overhead, looked up, and saw a silver-gray warship landing quickly, almost to the surface, with both wings unfolding, eventually spreading out into a wide water platform.
An Jin’s eyes suddenly lit up, two forms of battleship! He floated vertically with his upper body straight, looked at the battleship, waited for it to complete its transformation, and swam that way. He sensed Norman getting closer and closer. His heart beat uncontrollably fast as he looked to the platform.
Norman, dressed in a straight military uniform, strode out, followed by Rui Rui and Ling Ling’s keepers.
An Jin swam to the edge of the platform and rested his hand on it, his eyebrows arched as he raised his hand and waved at Norman. “Norman.”
Norman met the little mermaid’s bright blue eyes, his heart softened, and he looked at his tattered T-shirt and could not help but feel pain. He quickly walked to the little mermaid, squatted down, did not venture to hug the little mermaid, but scanned the little mermaid. “Are there any injuries?”
An Jin shook his head. “No,” he said, biting his lower lip, a little embarrassed, “just a little hungry.”
Norman’s eyes fell on his torn T-shirt. A large area of white skin on the neck was exposed, and he could not help but to raise his sword brows.
An Jin unconsciously bit his lip and clenched his fingers. He whispered, “Are you angry?”
Norman’s eyebrows unfolded and he rubbed the top of the little mermaid’s head, “No, An An did a good job, you made them realize that they don’t have the ability to survive in the wild. After their own experience, they will not regenerate the same idea in the future. It’s more useful than directly persuading them.”
An Jin breathed a sigh of relief and secretly reminded himself to remind Rui Rui and Ling Ling of their experiences in the sea every day.
Norman raised his hand, and one by one, sharply unbuttoned his uniform jacket.
An Jin froze, his eyelashes fluttered, and he stumbled over his words. “You, what are you doing?”
Norman took off his jacket and put it on the little mermaid’s shoulders, straightening the collar to block the neck that was exposed because the T-shirt was torn. An Jin felt the warmth coming from his clothes, and his heart moved slightly. At the very beginning, he didn’t wear clothes, and Norman wouldn’t feel any problem.
The corners of his mouth were unconsciously pursed and slightly curled up, and he whispered, “Thank you.”
“An An, you’re welcome.” Norman reached out and picked up the little mermaid.
An Jin hurriedly pulled his lapel and looked over at Ling Ling and Rui Rui’s keepers.
Garrett and Xie Li were calming Rui Rui and Ling Ling. Garrett’s voice was loud. “Why are you jumping into the sea? Let’s talk about it! The protection society still thinks I’ve done something to you!”
His voice was rough, and he was actually aggrieved when he said it.
Xie Li checked Ling Ling’s body and was relieved to see that he was not injured.
An Jin said to Garrett and Xie Li, “Rui Rui and Ling Ling are mates. They want to leave because they don’t want to be separated, so you better not separate them again.”
Garrett asked, “Who is Rui Rui?”
An Jin said, “You call him Big Red.”
Garrett drifted off, no wonder Mu Chen told him to change his name!
Xie Li’s eyes landed on the golden mermaid and tentatively called, “Ling Ling?”
Ling Ling didn’t understand at all, but seeing his own two-legged beast, he was not as fierce as before. “Hungry!”
Norman looked down at the little mermaid. “Can we go now?”
An Jin nodded and walked into the battleship. Sensing the fiery eyes of the soldiers, he inclined his head and hid his face in Norman’s chest. Norman’s brown eyes swept to the soldiers who were gathered around, and the soldiers hastily withdrew their gazes.
Soon, Garrett and Xie Li also walked into the battleship, carrying Rui Rui and Ling Ling.
The dining room in the middle of the battleship was filled with mermaid’s favorite foods, and Rui Rui and Ling Ling hurriedly gobbled it up.
“You should have come back faster! It’s your own fault you’re so hungry!” Garrett looked at Rui Rui heartily.
An Jin’s heart moved slightly, and his eyes moved away from the big crab in front of him and fell on Norman’s face. It must be because of him that Norman did not agree to catch Rui Rui and Ling Ling directly. Norman was really nice and forgiving of him.
Perhaps, he could trust Norman more.
His tail fin curled slightly. His heart could not help but give birth to the idea that perhaps Norman could accept that he could become human just as he accepted that he spoke. The thought made his heart beat uncontrollably faster, a little apprehensive and a little anticipatory.
“Don’t like it?” Norman asked, seeing that he was not eating.
An Jin shook his head. “It’s fine.”
His nails popped out with a whoosh of force as he expertly split the crab.