Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Luo ZhouZhou doesn’t even know when Linda left. When he came back to his senses, he realized that he was alone in the room. He stared at the unread message flashing in the terminal in a daze, showing that it was from Chu Feng, sent at twelve o’clock last night.
【ID54367】: Zhou Zhou, have a good dream, remember to put medicine on the bite.
Luo ZhouZhou went into the bathroom, opened his mouth in the mirror, and looked carefully at the position of the sharp teeth. After looking for a while, he reached out his hand, grabbed a tiger tooth and pulled on it.
But no matter how hard he tried, the tiny tiger tooth would not budge.
He closed his mouth, looked at himself in the mirror, and realized that his eyes were filled with panic. After a moment of silence, he took a deep breath and said to the mirror, “Luo ZhouZhou, you are a vampire, but you have not recovered from your injuries. Your teeth will definitely grow back.”
He recited the mantra several times, until he slowly calmed down. He went to the side of the bed, and Luo ZhouZhou fell back on the bed, looking at the ceiling lost in thought.
The teeth marks on the back of his neck occasionally itched like ants had crawled over him, the presence strongly reminding him from time to time that Chu Feng had bitten him there.
Beep, beep, beep.
The terminal sounded.
Luo ZhouZhou lazily raised his hand and saw that it was Chu Feng’s request for a video call. His heart jumped, he rolled over and sat up on the bed, and just before he pressed the disconnect button, he remembered yesterday’s events, he hesitantly stopped.
But Chu Feng never hung up, and the ringing sounded relentlessly. He couldn’t resist pressing connect, and the display popped up instantly, floating in mid-air.
Luo ZhouZhou’s heart stopped for two seconds as a three-dimensional image of Chu Feng appeared. He was wearing a military uniform, no cap, his long legs overlapping, leaning casually on the couch, his arms crossed over his chest, and he was staring at him with slightly narrowed eyes.
He was very good-looking, but there was an inexplicable black bruise around his mouth.
Luo ZhouZhou lifted his hand slightly from his terminal and looked down at him.
He saw Chu Feng suddenly smile.
The smile reached the bottom of his eyes before rippling out in layers, and then he said, “Zhou Zhou, you can set the terminal farther away, or else I will only see your two nostrils.”
Luo ZhouZhou let out an oh, held down the adjustment button, and watched himself zoom out and down at the bottom right of the image in front of him, his whole person appearing in the picture.
Chu Feng looked at him for a few seconds and asked, “So? Better yet?”
An ordinary greeting, but the tone was a little softer than usual.
“Mn.” Chu Feng nodded. He didn’t say anything else, Luo ZhouZhou didn’t say anything else either, and they both fell silent.
After a while, Chu Feng suddenly spoke up, “Zhou Zhou, why did you insist on biting me yesterday? Do you have some misunderstanding about Omegas and Alphas? Or do you really want to drink blood?”
He spoke casually, as if in jest, and laughed at the last sentence. But there was an imperceptible solemnity in his eyes.
Luo ZhouZhou, however, could not relax; his whole body instantly crumbled upright, his hands gripping the sheets on either side of him.
“Don’t you remember?” Chu Feng raised his eyebrows.
“I don’t remember.”
“Then let me think…” Chu Feng trailed off, gazing at his brows and making a show of recalling his memories.
Luo ZhouZhou pursed his lips and looked at him nervously. Chu Feng suddenly dropped his leg and leaned forward, his handsome face suddenly zooming in on Luo ZhouZhou’s vision.
“Yesterday you tried to bite me, and I told you to let go, but you wouldn’t let go.” He said quietly and seriously.
“I don’t remember,” Luo ZhouZhou said quickly and looked sideways at the empty space.
“Really? You don’t remember.” Chu Feng was still staring at him, not letting go of any hint of expression on his face.
Luo ZhouZhou’s voice was much quieter, “I don’t remember.”
“You said you would bite me to death and drink all my blood.”
Luo ZhouZhou turned back, shocked, and exclaimed, “I didn’t.”
“You did, you just don’t remember,” Chu Feng affirmed.
“I didn’t!” Luo ZhouZhou’s face turned bright red.
When Chu Feng shook his head in disbelief, he defended, “I would just suck a little bit. I wouldn’t bite you to death or drink all your blood.”
Chu Feng slowly withdrew his smile and looked at him critically.
A long while later, he said, “Zhou Zhou, remember I asked you before, but you didn’t tell me the truth. Now tell me, what is it about blood that makes you so interested in it? At what age did this feeling begin? Adulthood? Or as a child? Or is there something that triggers your craving for blood? Zhou Zhou, tell me.”
When he finished, he leaned back on the couch and looked at Luo ZhouZhou.
Luo ZhouZhou picked at the sheet beside him for a while before saying, “I’m afraid to tell you.”
Chu Feng thought for a moment and replied, “You can trust me.”
“The clan chief said not to trust any human.”
“The chief of the… clan was talking about other people, not me.” Chu Feng looked unchanged, sincere and calm.
Luo ZhouZhou was struggling inside, and the look on his face kept changing.
Chu Feng did not press, just waited there quietly.
A long while later, Luo ZhouZhou took a deep breath, as if he had made a decision. His lips opened and closed several times before he finally spoke, with a slight tremor in his voice, “What if I am a vampire?”
Chu Feng sighed, held his hand to his forehead, and said a long while later, “Zhou Zhou, you’re just an Omega, not a vampire.”
“But I really am a vampire,” Luo ZhouZhou said.
“You’re a regular person, an Omega.”
“Fuck your Omega.”
“Zhou Zhou, calm down—”
“I am! I am a vampire! I’m not an Omega or an Alpha, I’m a vampire! VAM! PI! RE!” Luo ZhouZhou’s chest heaved, his hands clenched, and his face reddened with excitement. The secret that he had once wanted to keep the most, he now wanted everyone to know.
He didn’t care about the heresy, and he didn’t care if he would be burned to death by torches. The research institute and TV station should come, and Chu Feng should stay away from him.
It didn’t matter.
He just wanted to prove that he was a vampire.
“Have you seen my teeth?” He opened his mouth and pointed his finger at his teeth, his voice shaking like a bird’s, “It just doesn’t want to come out yet. If it comes out, I can perform the first embrace and prove to you—”
“Zhou Zhou!” Chu Feng was suddenly loud. He looked serious and leaned forward slightly, “Are you running away from your Omega gender?” Without waiting for Luo ZhouZhou’s answer, he continued, “Being an Omega is a wonderful gender and there is no shame in being in heat. Zhou Zhou, as much as you don’t want to admit that you’re an Omega, it’s the truth and you have to accept it.”
“I’m a vampire, and I smelled your scent, and you’re my mate,” Luo ZhouZhou said, pursing his lips, the corners of his mouth dropping stubbornly.
Chu Feng sighed and said, “What you smell is my pheromones, the pheromone attraction between an Alpha and Omega. Zhou Zhou, even children know this. It is common sense.”
Luo ZhouZhou was lying under the bed. The draped sheets blocked the outside world, and he hugged his arms, curled up in the darkness. He had been in this position since the end of his conversation with Chu Feng.
He didn’t know how long he had been under there, before he crawled out slowly, walked into the bathroom, stripped off all his clothes, and stood naked in front of the mirror. He looked at himself examiningly in the mirror, recalling Chu Feng’s words and the information he had gone to look up.
“You didn’t find your ‘mate’ yesterday, what you smelled was pheromones.”
…When differentiation ended, three genders were formed. Excluding betas, when an Alpha and Omega smell each other’s pheromones, they will be attracted to each other…
“Zhou Zhou, you are in heat, and the teeth marks on the back of your neck are the temporary mark I left behind to placate you.”
…When the Omega’s gland matures, they will have their first heat. During this time, they will want to be calmed by Alpha pheromones. An Alpha bites through the Omega’s sex gland and injects their own pheromones, a process called marking…
Luo ZhouZhou slowly turned around, exposing the teeth marks on the back of his neck in the mirror. He reached out and pressed gently, and beneath the uneven teeth marks, he found a small hard lump.
It was his gland.
He turned back in silence, picked up two small white strips of paper, one left, one right, and held them in his mouth, the end hanging out of his lips. He grinned at his own strange appearance.
The paper almost fell off, but he quickly closed his mouth again and giggled, the air flowing and moving the pieces.
While laughing, he began to weep.
“Why won’t you listen? Why don’t you grow out of it?”
Luo ZhouZhou choked up, staring at himself with tears in his eyes.
“Tell me, why did you go from being a vampire, to being an Omega?”