Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
An Jin was nervous when Norman looked at him. Why was he looking at him like that? Did he find something wrong with him? An Jin was annoyed. If only he could see his own kind! Then he would be able to refer to the behavior of the local mermaid. He had no idea what a mermaid should be like.
Norman, seeing that the little mermaid had no intention of singing, said with a serious look, “I will satisfy all your preferences, and you have to sing to provide me with therapy.”
An Jin blinked in confusion. The man was talking seriously to his pet, and his hard-headed style was very mismatched. Did this mean that the mermaids here…could understand human language? Was it not strange and normal for a man to act this way?
An Jin was secretly happy because of this guess, but he was not completely sure that the guess was correct. After all, he had seen many cat and dog shovelers talking to their own ‘sons’ and ‘daughters’.
Norman unilaterally proposed a protocol, the predecessor walked to the shelves and placed the trays on the wall shelves one by one to the shore. All the trays laid out, occupying a long side and a wide side of the pool.
In the trays, there were all kinds of aquatic products. Fish, shrimp, crab, scallops, oysters, squid, everything, and some food An Jin did not know.
An Jin’s gaze swept over the food and silently swallowed, until the ‘master’ hung up the title of landlord. Norman saw that the little mermaid was not moving, pointed to the food, and said, “Eat.”
An Jin could understand the word, but did not eat immediately. He had a difficult time choosing. He had to choose what he wanted to eat the most! He looked at the food one by one, and various recipes flashed through his mind, but the truth was that he could only eat it raw.
Perhaps, he looked at his master, he could still cook and eat it secretly.
So, he concentrated on choosing foods that would be delicious raw or boiled. When his eyes landed on a tray with long strips of pink and white meat, he froze for a moment, then exclaimed. His ear and tail fins exploded at the same time and he instantly backed up several meters.
Norman looked at the little mermaid in amazement and followed his gaze to the snake meat.
Scared? Too timid, too. He pushed the tray, and the dead snake did not move. “Dead, will not bite you.”
An Jin moved back again with a nervous look on his face. He thought about it and looked at the tray. “Ah, ah…”
“…” Norman closed the lid and accepted in silence the fact that the mermaid he bought was timid. In his mind, he classified such food as water snake and sea snake as forbidden to buy.
An Jin still didn’t move. Norman looked at the little mermaid’s nervous look and asked the robot to take the plate away. An Jin was relieved and smiled at Norman: what a thoughtful host!
It was a good thing that An Jin wasn’t shocked again, as if the food consisted of only snake meat.
After surveying the varieties of food, he finally dropped his eyes to a prawn on his right. In all the food, there were six different kinds of shrimps. This shrimp was the largest, almost the size of an arm, with a transparent shell and a glimpse of white flesh that looked especially delicious.
He swam to the edge of the pool and picked up the tray. His blue tail swinging from side to side, he swam to the edge of the pool farthest from the door and put down the tray.
After putting it down, he swam back, grabbed two bulging fat fish, and put them with the shrimp.
After thinking about it, he swam back again, grabbed two big crabs, held up his hands and swam with his tail wagging to hoard the food.
Norman watched the little mermaid work like a porter and pointed to the rest of the food. “It’s all yours.”
An Jin couldn’t understand what he was saying, but watching his gestures, he guessed a little and shook his head.
The food he chose, even the snacks were counted, he could not eat more.
Norman wrote down the little mermaid’s preference and asked the robot to move the leftover food to the kitchen, where it was processed under high pressure to separate the impurities and make a seafood-flavored nutrient.
An Jin was so happy to think of his delicious breakfast that his tail wagged unconsciously in the water. He looked at Norman and wished his master would leave soon. He didn’t want to expose his water ability and had to handle the food while his master was away.
Norman’s eyes swept over the little mermaid’s wagging tail. He had done his homework last night, and such frequency indicated that the little mermaid was in a good mood.
Yet…the little mermaid still wasn’t singing. His sword brow furrowed, was he not yet willing to sing?
It seemed to have to continue to ‘catch up’.
Before leaving the mermaid room, Norman suddenly remembered Hornád’s reminder and looked at the little mermaid to seriously introduce himself. “An Jin, I’m your master, Norman.”
An Jin blinked and looked confused.
Norman finished and left the mermaid room. An Jin saw the door close and turned around with a leap of faith, looking at his choice of food and swallowing silently. After thinking about it, he first removed the impurities from the bulbous fat fish and then used his spiritual force to gather a ball of water.
The water ball wrapped around the crab, and he ran the ability, the water ball, at high speed to generate heat and began to boil the crab. He secretly regretted that if the ability was stronger, everything could have been cooked together. He reached the peak of his water ability control, but unfortunately there was no zombie crystal core to upgrade.
While controlling the water ball, he grabbed the fat fish and ate it as he sliced it.
The fish was a little fishy without lemon juice, but he was now a mermaid and was not afraid of fish. His mouth was full of a fresh and slightly sweet taste. He squinted in satisfaction.
After he ate the fish, the crab was also cooked. His nails were very good, and the crab was split cleanly. After eating a mouthful of crab meat, An Jin suddenly felt that life was perfect.
I’m so glad I met a great owner!
Meanwhile, his owner was learning how to make the mermaid happy. Norman was watching a video from Hornád while looking through the mermaid’s manual.
He looked as serious as if he was reading a military report. He only had one day off at the end of his patrol, and it was the perfect time for him to get closer to the mermaid. There would not be so much time to spend with the little mermaid.
Combining the video and the manual, he decided to accompany the little mermaid to play the most popular game of mermaids.
An Jin finished his breakfast and floated in the water with a satisfied face, swimming slowly to eliminate food. He had one crab left from his choice of food, which he had reserved as a snack. In reality, he had to save it because his spiritual power was not enough to control the water ball.
After using a lot of spiritual power for breakfast, he took a break and noticed that his spiritual power was returning faster than usual. He found that the speed of his spiritual power recovery seemed to be related to his mood.
The better the mood, the faster the recovery.
Abruptly, he felt someone approaching the room and looked towards the door while gently shrugging his nose. Making sure that the scent of crab cooking had dissipated, he had a very relaxed expression.
After breakfast, he broke up the leftover crab shells and flushed them down the toilet. No one would notice that he had cooked the crab.
Soon Norman walked in with a fishing rod and a blue bowling ball under his arm.
An Jin looked at him curiously, what was this for?
Norman put the fishing line at the bottom of the rod through the round hole at the top of the ball, tied it tightly, stretched the rod and shook the line, the ball bobbed up and down with it. After making sure the ball would not fall, Norman stretched the rod towards the little mermaid, so that the ball was located not far above the little mermaid’s forehead.
An Jin was bewildered. What’s wrong with this world? It’s okay to fish with fish, but how can you fish with a ball?
An Jin looked at his serious master and thought that he could not let him down, so he decided to fulfill his master’s wish. He reached out, grabbed the ball, and looked at Norman questioningly.
Is this good enough for you? Happy now?
Norman’s brow furrowed. This was not the same as the product advertised! He was silent for a moment, then pressed the button and retracted the rod.
An Jin felt the tug in his hand and thought his master was trying to coax him to the shore, just like the doctor before him. So even though he could let go of his master’s intention, he still held on to the ball tightly. Even worried that his master was tired of dragging him, he took the initiative to wag his tail and swim to the edge of the pool in one go.
He tilted his head and looked at the man, now he was happy!
Norman was not happy, this was not what he thought. He stared at the ball for two seconds and then looked at the little mermaid. “Like this ball?”
Why else would he cling to it?
An Jin didn’t understand and looked confused.
“I’ll give it to you later,” said Norman.
He had already analyzed what was wrong and guessed that little mermaid might not remember this activity.
After all, mermaids had poor memories. He opened the terminal and clicked on a video to show the little mermaid.
An Jin’s eyes shone brightly at the virtual screen, which showed a scene of a man playing a game with a mermaid. The man was hanging a ball from a fishing rod, and the mermaid was pushing the ball with his head. The man moved erratically along the edge of the pool while controlling the rod, and the ball’s position changed rapidly.
The mermaid’s reaction was extremely fast, with her beautiful tail slapping the water forcefully and jumping up from the water quickly, almost every time the ball flew.
An Jin carefully observed the expression of the man in the video. He seemed very excited, with an energetic look.
An Jin’s expression gradually became complicated, as if he saw his sister next door teasing a cat with a cat teasing stick. Only he was not the one with the teasing stick, but the cat.
He tilted his head to look at the man. All right, the master was in charge. Since the master wanted to play, he must also accompany him. He was a little worried that his master would not enjoy himself. He didn’t like sports, but he used to be unsportsmanlike.
In fact, he did very well; the mermaid’s body was very strong.
Only at the beginning he was not very good at jumping, with his tail slapping the surface of the water, and seemed a little clumsy. He jumped up to a limited height, but the owner did not make it difficult for him and did not let him challenge the difficult top ball position.
Norman’s pupils reflected the little mermaid’s athletic figure, and his eyes moved from the little mermaid’s powerful tail to the little mermaid’s sharp nails. He suddenly had a brilliant idea in his head to train a mermaid as a battle pet!
A mermaid’s combat power was not weak, if trained, he would be even stronger. A mermaid’s body could completely withstand the strength of the leap, and going to the front line was no problem. If a mermaid was around, he wouldn’t have to worry about outside spiritual riots at all.
The more he thought about it, the more he thought it was a good idea, except that he had to have the mermaid’s cooperation. He pressed the idea for now, just waiting for the right time to implement it. An Jin did not know that he was doing his best to play with him, but actually let his master have a very terrible idea.
After playing for more than twenty minutes, he lost his strength and floated in the water to catch his breath.
It was not easy to be a pet!
His beautiful blue eyes looked expectantly at Norman: happy now?
Norman frowned, the mermaid’s stamina was too bad!
And…the little mermaid didn’t seem to be having fun. He thought with an expressionless face: what mermaid’s most favorite game? Bullshit. He was sad. How in the end, could he make this solid color mermaid happy enough to sing? He retrieved his fishing rod, took off the blue ball and handed it to the little mermaid.
An Jin swam up to him and took it tentatively.
Norman watched carefully and found that the little mermaid was not very happy to get the ball he liked.
What an unpredictable mermaid!
An Jin held the ball and thought to himself that his owner had given him a gift because he thought he was doing well.
So, it’s not too much to ask for a little something, right?
Author’s Note: Thank you for your support (づ￣3￣)づ
An Jin: It’s hard to make the owner happy o(╥﹏╥)o
Norman: It’s hard to make pets happy…