Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The battleship soon landed on the military base tarmac, and Norman walked off the battleship with the little mermaid in his arms and took a hover car back to the palace. Walking into the mermaid room, Norman bent down, ready to put the little mermaid into the sink, when his sleeve was pulled.
An Jin tilted his little head at him and shook his head. “I want to clean up first.”
He smelled of seawater and had been chased by sea animals, so he was a little dirty.
Norman straightened up, held the little mermaid steadily, walked to the bathroom, and carefully put the little mermaid down.
“Do you want me to turn on the shower for you?” Norman asked.
An Jin shook his head. Sitting on the floor, Norman was so tall that he almost completely covered him.
Norman removed the uniform draped over the young mermaid. “I’ll get you a change of clothes.”
Seeing him turn to go, An Jin reached out, but because he was sitting, he could only pull Norman’s trouser leg. When he saw Norman stop, he withdrew his hand. He tilted his head and looked at Norman and asked, “I am now living in the palace as your doctor, am I right?”
Norman nodded. “Yes.”
Of course, he would have preferred to have another identity. But thinking of how shy the little mermaid was, he didn’t say the latter.
An Jin’s blue eyes glowed slightly. “So do I have the freedom to go in and out of the palace?” He paused and said more clearly, “Can I go out alone and go where I want?”
Norman’s face grew serious. He looked into the little mermaid’s expectant eyes, and said slowly, “Sorry, not yet. By definition, you have a separate identity and are completely free.” His tone was slightly sullen. “But I’m not sure. You are a pure color mermaid, too special and too precious. If alone on the street, it will be very dangerous.”
An Jin was not disappointed, in fact, he expected this result, that’s why he thought of customizing the capsule mask before. Of course, there was a capsule mask if Norman was afraid that he was not at ease to go out alone.
After all, if he wanted to go out as a mermaid, the only way was to borrow a wheelchair or a mobility scooter. Wheelchairs were too attention-grabbing, and mobility scooters required both hands to hold the handle all the time, letting go of the handle may cause a fall, it was unsafe. He looked down at his tail in the blue fishtail dress, then looked up at Norman and asked seriously, “If I can make people not recognize me as a solid-colored mermaid, will I be able to go in and out freely?”
He doesn’t necessarily want to go out, but having the freedom to go in and out was different from not having it.
As a child, he may not have always wanted to go out and play, but his parents did not allow it, but instead he was very eager to go outside. He didn’t want to be forced to stay in one position all the time. He wanted an ID card, and he didn’t just want a vanity name.
Norman said, “It also has to be safe.”
An Jin nodded in understanding. He looked into Norman’s deep brown eyes, and his mouth opened and closed slightly. He thought for a moment and asked in a small voice, “Do you remember the way I entered the holographic world?”
Norman of course would not forget, as soon as the little mermaid said it, his mind came up with a stunned face. He nodded. “Yes.”
An Jin clenched his fingers and locked eyes with Norman. “Would it scare you if…my reality was like that?”
He was worried that saying it directly, or turning his tail to legs directly, would scare Norman, so he did his best to be euphemistic. Norman was slightly stunned, and silently looked at the small mermaid’s serious and apprehensive look. He couldn’t help but have a guess in his heart, and a surprised emotion surfaced in his eyes. He thought his idea was whimsical, but on second thought, it seemed that whatever happened, as long as it had to do with the little mermaid, it could happen.
The little mermaid was a miracle in itself.
So thinking, he breathed slightly stagnantly, his tone slow and deep, looking extra serious and determined. “I’m not afraid.”
An Jin and he looked at each other for two seconds, and his eyes curved. Sure enough, he was right in choosing to trust Norman! The corners of his mouth curved and he politely and quietly requested, “Can you close your eyes for a moment?”
Norman, fists clenched and heart thumping, quickly swept his eyes over the little mermaid spread on the floor and over the fish tail with a rare nervousness. He said, “Is it okay if I get you a change of clothes first?”
An Jin blinked. “Are you, are you scared?”
Norman said seriously, “Of course not.” He paused and spoke his mind honestly. “I’m nervous.”
He said this, closed his eyes, and after the next second, turned around again and turned his back to the little mermaid.
An Jin, who was originally nervous, suddenly stopped being nervous when he saw Norman’s reaction, and a small smile appeared at the corners of his mouth. He used spiritual force, his tail quickly turned into legs, and the scales on his face disappeared, turning him into the image of a human.
The fishtail dress was very snug, clinging to the feet. Human skin and scales were not the same. Next to the dampened fabric, feeling bound, he felt less comfortable, and moved his feet. He said, “You can open your eyes now.”
Norman turned around, his body slightly paused, his eyes reflecting the delicate teenager with a stunned gaze.
The blue peach blossom eyes were clear and clean, the crimson lips looked luscious, while the skin was cold white, with a strong contrast, and the scales at the end of the eyes fanned out more seductively. Norman’s sight fell on the little mermaid’s legs and his heart beat wildly and uncontrollably.
The fishtail skirt was very snug; the outline of the teenager’s long, straight legs was obvious, and his bare feet stuck out from the bottom of the fishtail skirt. The skin on the back of the feet was very white, almost the color of the marble floor, and the ten nails were round and lovely, the edge of them faintly transparent pink, looking soft and tender.
Maybe because of shyness, or because the ground was cool, the teenager’s toes were slightly curled in, looking playful.
Norman took a secret breath, forcibly suppressed the restless emotions in his heart, and fearing that he would lose control, averted his eyes. He turned around and went out, leaving a sentence behind. “I’ll get you a change of clothes.”
Wordlessly, An Jin looked down at himself, his cheeks burning as he curled his feet. He was vaguely happy that Norman really wasn’t afraid of him!
Norman came back quickly, darted the clean T-shirt and fishtail skirt on the shelf, and went out again quickly. He walked with the wind in his step, quite a military style.
An Jin looked at Norman’s back and blinked his eyes, did he just blink? He seemed to see Norman red behind his ears.
The door was gently closed by Norman with a bang, isolating An Jin’s view.
An Jin withdrew his gaze and suddenly remembered that when Hornád examined him, he seemed to have mentioned that Norman had been single. He bit his lower lip with a slight smile on his lips. Although Norman often had a serious face, he now somehow felt cute.
An Jin slapped his face, not daring to think.
He used his ability, quickly washed his hair, and showered, then changed into a clean T-shirt and fishtail dress. He withdrew the spiritual force from his face and the cheek scales on his face, but still kept his legs in shape.
The fishtail skirt was made in the shape of the tail, and the lower end of the closure was relatively small, so he could only take very small steps when walking, it was a little awkward.
But he only did it to make it easier to go out and regain his tail when he got to the pool later, after all, keeping his legs up all the time consumed too much spiritual power for him now. He opened the door and froze, not expecting Norman to be standing in the doorway.
Norman heard the movement, closed the terminal, and turned around.
The little mermaid’s hair was tied at the back of his head, his face was back to the mermaid look, the upper body was wearing a neat blue T-shirt, and the fishtail skirt wrapped around slender legs, with a pair of white feet on the ground.
Norman’s eyes moved slightly, and an impulse to touch was born in his heart. His fingers rubbed unconsciously and moved away from his eyes. His face became more and more serious, and he self-rebuked, how could he have such a thought!
However, the next second, his mind uncontrollably thought, it seemed that he did not have to practice sleeping in the water. Maybe he could get the diving company to stop the research.
An Jin pointed to the pool. “Can you move over? I want to go in the water.”
Norman hurriedly moved out of the way of the doorway, his sword brows furrowed. “Are your legs making you uncomfortable?”
An Jin shook his head as he got into the water and floated, both hands on the edge of the bank. “It takes spiritual force to maintain a human form, a lot of spiritual force, and it’s not possible to keep it up all the time now.”
He subconsciously ignored the other way to maintain human form for a long time.
Norman thought to himself, it seemed that the research had to continue.
An Jin was silent for a moment, eyelashes fluttering uneasily, and tilted his head to look at Norman. “I have looked up the topic of mermaids and human related things, and saw the report of the banned experiment. I was afraid, so I did not dare to tell you.”
Norman collected his mind and squatted down. “An An’s tail could always become two legs?”
An Jin shook his head. “Not until I’m an adult.”
When he thought of the embarrassing scene on the night he came of age, his cheeks heated up and his eyes wandered in embarrassment.
Norman raised his hand and rubbed the top of his hair. “I can understand your concern. As I said, you don’t have to tell me everything.”
The little mermaid’s concealment was only for self-preservation, not to deceive him, nor to hurt him. He would not be harsh, but rather a little heartbroken. He knew very well that it was a terrible thing to be different from one’s own kind. He paused, a flash of light flashed in his eyes and he asked in a low voice, “An An is willing to tell me now because he trusts me, right?”
An Jin quickly lowered his eyes and nodded his head lightly. “Yes.”
If he didn’t trust you, he wouldn’t dare to say anything at all.
Norman looked at the soft and docile little mermaid in front of him, and a smile spilled out of his eyes.
An Jin squeezed his fingers. “There’s one more thing that you probably already know.”
When he finished, the calm water in the pool behind him suddenly rose up and spread out from the middle to the surroundings, as if it were a fountain.
Norman’s eyes moved away from the scattered water and landed on the young mermaid’s face. “You were the one who attacked the shallow water shark?”
An Jin nodded, somewhat confused by Norman’s use of a question. “Someone should have seen it.”
“It’s just a guess. You were some distance away from the shallow water shark at the time, was not sure it was you.”
An Jin listened and did not regret telling Norman. The more lenient Norman was with him, the less he wanted to hide it from Norman, and he said seriously, “It was me.” He said, thinking of something, his eyes curved, “Do I now count as being able to protect myself without being discovered?”
Norman’s tone was low. “You don’t like it when I go out with you?”
His voice was magnetic, and now that he lowered his voice, it was even more sexy.
An Jin rubbed his ears. “No, not really, but you have your own work, and you don’t always have to accompany me, and sometimes, I may want to go out alone.”
Norman thought for a moment. “In your human image then, get an ID card and customize a capsule mask.”
Thinking of the little mermaid saying that he couldn’t stay in human form, he added, “Customize the mask with the mermaid identity, one each to fit the skin and the scales.”
An Jin’s eyes widened slightly and his blue eyes were full of surprise, Norman and he had thought of the same thing! He couldn’t help but say, “That’s really nice of you!”
Norman said seriously, “An An is also very good. If you are willing to help those people with spiritual power downgrade to restore spiritual power, they could even give you their lives.” He paused, thinking of the little mermaid as an adult, and added, “Of course, I’m good to An An, not just because An An helped me recover my spiritual power.”
Since the little mermaid understood feelings, he didn’t need to be too introverted. The sooner the little mermaid becomes enlightened, the better.