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Chapter 66: I Am Not A Merman (III)


第66章 我不是人鱼

Chapter 66: I Am Not A Merman (III)

“崔博士,有什么发现吗?”秦渊来到实验室,对略显激动的崔博士问道。

“Dr. Cui, have you found something?” Qin Yuan asked the very emotional Dr. Cui when he arrived at the laboratory.

崔博士点着屏幕,一脸不可思议地说道:“我们从火焰身上提取到的血液和其他组织样本,含有非常奇妙的物质。经过我们的反复测试,发现它能够快速促进细胞的生长和变异,修复损伤,甚至可以改变生物原有的基因图谱。我敢肯定,火焰与两百年前的海豚相比,已经产生了很大的变化,或者说是进化。”

Dr. Cui pointed at the screen and said with disbelief, “The blood we drew from Flames and other tissue samples contain a very miraculous matter. Through our repeated tests, we found that it could quickly promote cell growth and evolution, restore damage and even change the genome of an organism. I am certain, that there is a great change from Flames compared to the dolphins two hundred years ago, or I should say, evolution.”

“这对火焰有什么危害吗?”秦渊问。

“Does it endanger Flames in any way?” Qin Yuan asked worriedly.

“暂时还没有发现什么危害,相反,如果我们的推测不错,火焰应该比普通海豚更加健康,更加长寿。”崔博士顿了顿,又道“我觉得两百年前的那场豚疫,与其说是天灾,不如说是一种残酷的自然筛选。四百年前,人类也曾遭受过一次全球性的FD病毒入侵,夺走了将近1亿人的生命。活下来的人,不仅是身体素质提高了,而且身体机能也出现了不同程度的变异。目前普遍认为,这种变异是一种特殊进化。”

“At the moment, we have not found anything danger from it. On the contrary, if our speculations are true, Flames should be even more healthy and long-lived than normal dolphins.” Dr. Cui paused, then spoke again, “I think that the dolphin epidemic two hundred years ago, rather than a natural disaster, it would be better to call it a cruel natural filter. Four hundred years, humans have also suffered from a global FD virus invasion, it almost snatched away a hundred million lives. The people who survived, not only has the basic foundation of their body been greatly enhanced, their body functions also seem to have underwent different levels of development. The current universal belief is that this kind of development is some kind of special evolution.”

秦渊冷声道:“这所谓的进化,严重影响了人类的繁衍能力,人口出生率直线下降。近一年,全球新生儿甚至不足4000万,已经达到了危险的临界值。”

Qin Yuan coldly intercepted, “This so-called evolution gravely influenced humanity’s ability to reproduce and the population birth rate is on a straight decline. In nearly a year, the population of newborns in the entire world did not even surpass forty million, it has already reached a dangerous critical level.”

现今人类平均寿命大约180岁,生育率却降低了六成。每五对夫妇,都未必有一个孩子,即使利用科技手段,孕育成功率也不过37%。

The current human life expectancy was about 180 years, yet the birth rate was reduced by six folds. Every five couples might not even have a single child, even if they used science, the pregnancy rate was only 37%.

“我相信人类很快就会攻克这个难题。”崔博士对此倒是颇具信心,并不太在意,目前更让他关注的只有那两只海豚。

“I believe that humanity will very quickly work together to solve this difficult problem.” Dr. Cui was rather confident about it, so he did not care to much. At the present time, he was more concern about the sole two dolphins remaining.

秦渊没有深入讨论的意思,突然问道:“火焰几岁了?”

Qin Yuan did not plan to go into a deep discussion on the subject, and he suddenly switched subjects, “How old is Flames?”

“大约十二三岁,正好是成熟的时候。”

“He’s around twelve or thirteen, right in the age for maturity.”

十二三岁就成熟了?据秦渊所知,野生海豚平均年龄为五十岁,按照人类的标准,火焰应该还只是个孩子。

Matured at twelve to thirteen? From what Qin Yuan knows, the average lifespan of wild dolphins were about fifty years, according to human standard, Flames should still be a child.

“这么说,海浪不是火焰的孩子?”秦渊又问。

“Does this mean Waves is not Flames’ child?” Qin Yuan asked again.

“不是。”崔博士回道,“我们已经做过鉴定,它们并没有直系血缘。海洋中可能还生存着其他海豚,只是我们的勘测队还没有什么发现。”

“No.” Dr. Cui answered, “We had already done a DNA test, they are not directly related. There might be other dolphins living in the ocean, but our investigation group still haven’t found them.”

听到海浪不是火焰的孩子,秦渊心中生起一种迷之喜悦。

Hearing the news that Waves wasn’t Flames’ child, Qin Yuan felt a strange happiness bubble in his heart.

从研究室出来,秦渊习惯性地朝水域走去。

After he walked out of the research room, he habitually headed for the pool.

此刻尚可正带着小海豚在水里跳跃飞驰,那欢快的模样,让他冷硬的五官不自觉柔和了几分。

At the moment, Flames was leading the small dolphin and leaping in the water. That cheerful and lighthearted scene caused his cold face to somewhat soften without his notice.

秦渊看了看阴沉的天空,过两天会有一场暴风雨,必须提前做一下准备了。

Qin Yuan looked at the gloomy sky. There would be a rainstorm in two days, he needs to start preparations early.

第二天,尚可和小海豚被带进基地的内水域,这里被隔离出好几个区域,分开饲养着许多不同品种的海洋生物。

The next day, Shang Ke and Waves were led to the inner pools of the base. There, several areas were segregated to bred many different types of marine life.

天气的变化,让基地中的生物躁动不安,彼此传递着人类无法理解的信息。

The change in the weather caused the marine life in the base to move about uneasily, they transmitted to each other information that humans could not comprehend.

天空乌云密布,光线阴郁,一阵阵海风呼啸而过,浪潮翻滚,重重拍击在礁石上,掀起巨大的水花。

Dark clouds covered the sky, causing the light that came through to be gloomy. A burst of sea breeze whistled by and the waves rolled, heavily smacking into the reefs and leaving behind large splashes.

尚可和小海豚躲在水下通道中,通道两边是坚固的金属壁,出口立着金属栅栏,后面是一条通往基地内部的地下水道。待在这里,即使海浪再凶猛,也伤不到他们。

Shang Ke and the small dolphin hid in the underwater channel, on both sides were firm metal walls and the exit was blocked by a metal fence. On the opposite side of the exit was a underground waterway that led inside the base. No matter how violent the waves were, they would not be harmed staying here.

尚可将小海豚护在身下,随着水波轻轻晃动,左脑和右脑交替睡眠。

Shang Ke kept the small dolphin protected beneath him, swaying lightly with the waves as his right and left brains took turns sleeping.

不知过了多久,上方突然传来一阵惊天动地的巨响,整座基地都震颤起来,接着,各种物体的碎

After an unknown time, a world-shaking sound suddenly came from above, the entire base started to tremble. Following that, the sound of objects breaking.

片接连不断地落入水中。

Countless broken pieces fell into the water.

发生什么事了?

What happened?

尚可快速游到栅栏边,隐约看到水面上火光冲天,刚才似乎发生了爆炸。

Shang Ke quickly swam to the fence and could vaguely make out the flaring light of fire on the water surface. An explosion had happened.

据他所知,基地设有光能子防御壁,可以抵御5级以下的暴风骤雨。即便能量耗尽,也不可能发生爆炸。

From what he knows, the base has a solar-powered defense wall, it can resist level five and below hurricanes. Even if the energy runs out, an explosion would not happen.

尚可转过身,顺着地下水道,朝基地内部游去,小海豚紧紧跟在他身边。

Shang Ke turned around and followed the underwater channel toward the interior of the base. The small dolphin followed by his side closely.

很快,他发现原本清澈的水道中,漂浮着各种仪器残片和工业垃圾,大量海水涌入基地内部,无数水生物四散逃窜。见此情景,尚可立刻明白基地的防御壁已经遭到破坏,大半的基地被海水淹没。

Very soon, he found countless floating pieces of destroyed equipment and industrial trash in the normally cleaned waters. A great flood of seawater poured into the base and countless marine life scattered all around. Seeing such a scene, Shang Ke immediately understood that the defense wall of the base had already been destroyed, more than half of the base was under water.

尚可带着小海豚通过破碎的玻璃游入大海,到了水面才知道发生了什么事。

Shang Ke led the small dolphin through a broken glass window and swam into the sea. They would only find out what happened once they reach the surface.

原来有一架客运飞行器意外坠毁,刚好撞在基地上方,巨大的爆炸威力毁坏了基地的防御壁。水面上漂浮着上百个鸡蛋型的救生舱,应该是飞行器即将坠毁时的应急措施。大部分救生舱已经被毁坏,一部分人被海浪卷走,一部分人在海浪中拼命挣扎。

As it turns out, a public plane had unexpectedly crashed and hit the top of the base. The might of the large explosion destroyed the base’s defensive wall. Over a hundred egg-shaped life-saving cabins floated on top of the water, it should be the emergency measures of the plane before they crashed. Most of the life-saving cabins were damaged, a portion of the people were already washed away by the waves, another portion was doing their best struggling to stay afloat.

尚可瞪大眼睛望着眼前的一切,不敢相信几个小时前还完好无损的基地,此刻竟然已经变得残破不堪。爆炸引起的火焰已经被海浪扑灭,天地之间一片昏暗,仿佛有一只怪兽张开了它的巨嘴,随时准备吞噬眼前的一切……

Shang Ke widened his eyes as he stared at the scene. He couldn’t believe that the base which was in perfect condition a couple hours ago was not broken beyond repair. The fire caused by the explosion was already extinguished by the waves. The sky remained dark, as if a monster was opening its wide jaws, preparing to swallow everything…

“火焰和海浪还在基地下面!”崔博士焦急地对着闪烁不定的屏幕大喊。他和几十名工作人员在爆炸前躲进了逃生室,这里的防御系统与主基地是分开的,防御壁依然完好,并没有受到爆炸的冲击。

“Flames and Waves are still under the base!” Dr. Cui anxiously shouted toward an unstably flickering screen. He and a dozen staff members had hidden into the evacuation room before the explosion. The defensive system there and the main base were separated, so the defensive wall was still attached and was not hit by the explosion.

电脑在博士的操作下,很快连通了所有能够连通的监控。当画面出现,所有人都惊呆了。

Under the doctor’s operations, he quickly connected to all the surveillance cameras he could connect to. Once the scene appeared, everyone was stunned.

只见画面中,一只海豚迅猛地冲进汹涌的海浪中,将一个不知道从哪里找到的救生圈顶到一名遇难者身边,然后咬着绳索带着遇难者,快速朝相对安全的基地后方游去,随即消失在画面中。

The scene they saw was a dolphin rushing courageously through the waves, throwing a lifesaver onto a victim, then biting the rope that was attached to it and dragging the victim quickly toward a relatively safer spot in the back of the base. The scene was quickly over.

不过片刻,“它”再次出现,又冲向另一名遇难者,托着他游向安全所在。

But in a moment, “it” appeared again and headed for another victim, dragging him to the safe place.

一个、两个、三个……火焰如英勇的救生员一般,一次又一次冲入波涛汹涌的海浪中,将遇难者一一救出。原本应该等待救援的“它”,此刻却在竭尽所能地救助人类。

One, two, three… Flames was like a heroic lifeguard, rushing into the waves and saving victims one by one. “It” who should be waiting for rescue was instead, doing “its” best to save humans.

这一幕,给众人带来了巨大的冲击。

This scene greatly impacted everyone.

那道矫健的身姿,乘风破浪,快如闪电,丝毫无惧大自然的挑战,在黑暗中,闪耀着淡蓝色的光芒,仿佛海中的精灵,美丽得让人屏息。

That strong and healthy body, braving the waters and fast as lightning without any fear against the challenge of mother nature. In the dark, the glint of light blue light was like an ocean spirit, so beautiful it took their breaths away.

然而,并非所有人都有心情欣赏火焰的美丽。大部分遇难者并不知道火焰是来救人的,他们见到火焰靠近,无不惶恐地挣扎反抗。

However, not everyone can appreciate Flames beauty. Most of the victims did not know Flames was coming to save them, so when they saw Flames nearing them, they would start to struggle in fear and resist.

火焰能够在巨浪中穿梭自如,敏捷地闪避所有障碍物,却被惊慌失措的遇难者弄得伤痕累累,其中一名遇难者手上正好抓着一把匕首,在火焰过来救援时,狠狠在“它”背上划出了一道长长的血口。

Flames was able to swim through the waves unobstructed, nimbly dodging all sorts of obstacles. But in front of the victims that have lost all rationality from fear, Flames was bruised by their struggles. One of the victims was even holding a dagger and viciously slashed a bloody injury upon “its’” back when “it” came to save them.

火焰痛苦地抽动了一下,但仍然没有放弃救他,忍着疼痛,一路将他送到安全的地方。

Flames painfully twitched but did not give up on saving him. Bearing the pain, Flames delivered him to the safe place.

基地众人看得悲怒交加,心疼不已,同时也震惊于“它”的勇敢和善良。即使是人类,恐怕也做不到这种程度。

The base people were both angered and sad watching Flames, their hearts filled with worry and indignity for the harm “it” suffered. At the same time, they were shocked at “its’” bravery and kindness. Even if they were human, it was impossible for them to do what Flames was doing.

受伤后的火焰,动作明显慢了许多,流淌的鲜血在水中弥漫出一片血雾,在蓝色光芒的映照下,显得异常妖冶。

The injured Flames was clearly slower as “it” moved through the waters, the flow of blood stained the waters red. Under the blue light, it looked exceptionally demonically beautiful.

“不能让‘它’继续待在外面了,否则‘它’会失血过多而死的!”一名工作人员急切喊道。

“We can’t let “it” stay out in the water anymore, otherwise, “it” will die from blood loss!” One staff member impatiently yelled.

崔博士稳定心神道:“别急,海豚的自愈能力很强,血液很快就会止住。不过,确实应该尽快将‘它’带回来。林子,小K,准备救生器具。”

Dr. Cui steadied his mind and spoke, “Don’t worry, the healing ability of dolphins are very strong, the blood will quickly stop. However, we should bring “it” back as soon as possible. Lin Zi, K, preparing the rescue equipment.”

几人应了一声,立刻行动起来。

The ones that were called replied back to show they heard and immediately started on their task.

但是,人类在海底,行动十分迟钝,别说救援,能保障自己的安全就不错了。

However, the movement of humans in water was very clumsy. Forget saving people, it would be pretty good if they could keep themselves safe.

在尝试几次后,众人最终还是放弃了,重新返回逃生室,等海浪稍稍平息,再作打算。

After trying a few times, everyone finally gave up and returned back to escaping. They will think about this when the waves have settled somewhat.

“奇怪,附近已经没有遇难者了,火焰为什么还在到处游荡?”一人皱眉看着监控。

“Strange, there aren’t anymore victims around, so why is Flames still wandering around?” Someone frowned and looked at the screen.

画面中的火焰,明显已经精疲力尽,刚才一个多小时,“它”至少救了四十几名遇难者。如今海面上已经没有活人,“它”应该尽快找个地方休息才对。

The Flames in the screen was clearly very tired, in that past hour, “it” had saved over forty victims. Now that there weren’t any more people stranded in the water, “it” should be finding a place to rest.

崔博士望着火焰在基地四周来回往复,即使游动的速度越来越慢,依然没有停止。

Dr. Cui watched Flames making rounds around the base, even when Flames was obviously moving slower and slower, “it” did not stop.

他喃喃道:“火焰它……是不是在找我们?”

He muttered to himself, “Flames… could it be trying to find us?”

众人闻言,耸然动容,再看向那个正在巨浪中穿梭的疲惫身影时,心中震惊得难以言喻。

Everyone was very moved when he heard him, and looked back at the weary figure in the ocean. They were shocked speechless.

火焰在找他们?“它”以为他们遇到了危险?

Flames was looking for them? “It” thought they were in danger?

“博士,用声波!”一名研究员突然大喊。

“Dr. Cui, use the sound wave!” A researcher shouted out.

崔博士猛然醒觉,迅速启动了模拟声波系统。人类听觉无法辨识的声波,一圈圈向外扩散,在水中形成一种特殊频率。

Dr. Cui sudden wisen up and quickly used the wound wave simulation system. A sound wave outside of the human hearing range spread out in circles, forming a special frequency in the water.

火焰似有所觉,在水中绕了几圈后,循着声波来源的方向缓缓游来。

Flames seem to become aware of it and around rounding a few circles in the water, slowly followed the source of the sound wave.

众人见状,脸上纷纷露出惊喜之色。然而就在此时,一个巨浪在火焰身后高高掀起,如一长大嘴,顷刻间将“它”吞没。

Everyone showed a pleasantly surprised expression at the scene. However, right at that moment, a large wave raised above Flames like a mouth and swallowed “it” in an instant.

所有人的表情瞬间凝固,画面中,再也看不到火焰的身影……

Their expression froze in a split second, they could no longer see Flames’ figure in the screen.

“情况怎么样?基地有没有人员伤亡?”秦渊收到消息后,不顾劝阻,冒险赶来基地,在逃生室见到了神色暗淡的众人。

“How is the situation? Are there any casualties among the staff members?” Once Qin Yuan received the news, he disregarded any dissuasion and rushed over to the base despite the risks. Once he was there, he was met with the bleak expression of everyone.

崔博士声音低沉道:“我们都没事,只是……”

Dr. Cui gloomily answered, “We’re all fine, but…”

“只是什么?”秦渊心中升起一种不详的预感。

“But what?” A bad premonition rose up in Qin Yuan’s heart.

“唔,火焰不见了,‘它’被海浪卷走了。”一名女研究员忍不住啜泣出声。

“Sob, Flames is gone, “it” was washed away by a wave.” A female researcher couldn’t help but sob as she sob.

“‘它’不是在安全水道吗?”秦渊冰冷道,“怎么会被海浪卷走?”

“Wasn’t ‘it’ in the safety water way?” Qin Yuan asked coldly, “How could ‘it’ be washed away by a wave?”

众人不约而同转过视线,不敢与他对视。

Everyone turned away their gazes from him as one, not daring to look at him in the face.

崔博士叹了一口气,将刚才的监控打开,回放给秦渊看。

Dr. Cui sighed, turned on the screen and replayed what happened before to him.

秦渊静静观看,随着画面的播放,他脸上的表情,从惊诧、愤怒、担忧逐渐变为深沉,只有那个如精灵般的身影还刻印在他的瞳孔中。

Qin Yuan watched silently, as the video placed, his expression changed from surprise to anger, to worry and finally deep contemplation. Only that spirit-like figure was still reflected in his eyes.

他望着定格在眼前的画面,语气笃定道:“我相信,‘它’不会有事的。”

He stared at the video and said in a certain tone, “I believe that ‘it’ will be fine.”

待风平浪静,秦渊立刻组织人手,开始对这片海域进行大范围搜索……

Once the waves were calm, Qin Yuan immediately put together manpower to start a large-scale search for Flames in the ocean…

乌云散去,碧空如洗,大海重新归于平静,仿佛刚才发生的一切只是一场恶梦。

The dark clouds scattered and the blue sky shone, with the sea once again calm, it was like everything that had happened was just a nightmare.

在距离基地3海里左右的一片浅海区,疲惫的尚可正在水下休息,身上的伤,逐渐愈合,若被崔博士等人看到,必然会惊讶于他超乎寻常的恢复速度。

In a shallow sea area around three miles away from the base, a weary Shang Ke was resting underwater. The injuries on his body were gradually healing, if this scene was caught by Dr. Cui and the others, they would be amazed at his exceptional healing speed.

正在这时,尚可感觉周围的水流似乎有些异动,待他回神,身体已经被一张大网困住。

Right at this moment, Shang Ke felt some shifting from the surrounding water. By the time he returned to his senses, his body was already trapped by a large net.

尚可惊醒。

Shang Ke was startled awake.

尼玛,就不能让他好好睡一觉吗?真是没完没了了!

Your mom, can’t he get a nice sleep? It really is so annoying!

他身形一转,快速向上游去,在上面的人收网前,猛地从网口跃出,高高跃出水面。

He turned his body and quickly swam for the surface. Before the people above closed the net, he rushed out of the net and leaped highly with a splash.

耳边传来一片惊呼,随后便听到有人大喊:“好大的鱼,快,别让它跑了!”

A cry of alarm could be heard by him, right after the cry was someone shouting, “Such a large fish! Hurry up, don’t let it run!”

尚可朝他们望去,却见一根长矛急速向他射来,就在他即将落回海中时,只觉一股钻心的疼痛自尾巴处蔓延全身,痛得他哀叫一声,身体失去平衡,重重砸进水中。

Shang Ke looked toward them, but what he saw was a pike shooting at him. Just when he was about to land back into the water, a pain of something stabbing into himself spread through his body. The pain made him cry out, his body lost balance and heavily hit the water.

“射中了,把它拖上来!”船上的渔民发出兴奋的叫声。

“We hit it, pull it up!” A fisherman on the boat excitedly yelled.

尚可很快被他们从海里拖出来,砰地一声,丢在甲板上。

Shang Ke was quickly dragged out of the water by them and hit the deck with a bang.

尚可忍不住挣扎,离开海水让他感觉非常难受,不断流淌的鲜血将夹板染得一片殷红。他抬起头,只看到一片模糊的人影。

Shang Ke couldn’t help but struggle, he felt very unwell after leaving the sea. The continuously flowing blood dyed the deck a dark red. He raised his head but could only see vague figures of men.

你们摊、上、大、事、了!尚可在心中怒吼。

You guys, are, in, huge, trouble! Shang Ke roared in his mind.

“这是什么鱼?好像从来没见过。”一人用脚踢了踢尚可的背脊。

“What kind of fish is this? I never seen it before.” A man kicked at Shang Ke’s back a few times.

“说不定是什么稀有鱼种。”另一人吩咐道,“先把它放进缸里,别让它死了。这次海神祭奠,就用这条鱼做祭品好了。”

“Maybe it’s some rare fish.” Another man ordered, “Put it into the tank first, don’t let it die. We can use this to sacrifice to the Sea Emperor this time.”

“嗷!”众人发出一片欢呼声。

“Yeah!” Everyone cheered.

接着,尚可感觉自己被人抬起,粗鲁地丢进一个一米多长的水缸,狭窄的空间,让他只能蜷缩着身体,在浅浅的海水中,艰难地呼吸,尾巴上的长矛还没有取下来,疼痛感一波波向他袭来,逐渐模糊了他的意识。

Following that, Shang Ke felt someone lifting him and roughly throwing him into a meter long tank. He could only curl up his body in the narrow space, breathing with difficulty in the shallow seawater. The pike in his tail was not taken out, pain attacked him in spurts as he gradually lost consciousness.

尚可突然想起他的任务——成为人类的食物。

Shang Ke suddenly thought of his mission—become human food.

或许,马上就要完成了……

Perhaps, it will be completed soon…

SnowTime: Dun dun dun dunnnnn… I feel Shang Ke, all the muscles in my body feel like death has rolled over and since it was storming, all my joints are telling me I’m 60 instead of near 21. Kek the pain… my andriod charger dying too /o/ goddamn this bad luck of things


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24 thoughts on “[HDS] Chapter 66: I Am Not A Merman (III)

  1. Raven White says:

    It??? /eyeballs chapter’s one-liner teaser

    It’s what I’m imagining riiiiiiiight? /stares hungrily

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    • Rose says:

      Welllllllll…..
      Dolphins are one of the few other mammals that have sex for fun besides apes/monkeys.
      They have terrible terrible rapists too just like us.

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    • Lurking Fish says:

      Your moral integrity has found peace in the afterlife along with ours and many others. Do not fear. We have lit a candle for it… or was it a bonfire ?
      On another note, it looks like fluff all the way.
      I wonder if flames is pregnant tho~

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    • SnowTime says:

      Chinese uses gender neutral pronouns for animals… it’s such a pain when english doesn’t really have a good one…

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  2. Tatyana says:

    haaah…

    Dolphin? the mental hurdle is great…

    Also wondering if shang ke can use any of his skills. cooking may be out, but can you do martial arts as a dolphin? he can definitely play some instrument, i’m sure of that… Maybe the ability to use human tech as a dolphin counts as hacking? Then there is weaving, which seems a useless sort of skill here…

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    • Rose says:

      I had the same thoughts. Like I seriously hope this is addressed at some point during this arc. I wanna see (guided imagine?) dolphin kung fu!

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  3. Ignobilia says:

    😱 !!!!!!

    I knew this would come eventually but I’m still shocked….

    I hope those people get what they deserve for hurting our currently adorable MC.

    Thank you for the chapter!

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