Chapter 72: I Am Not A Merman (IX)
With experimental material in hand, the research institute no longer pressured Qin Yuan as much. But the dolphin fans started to make a disturbance because it has been several days since the last update of Flames and Waves daily video.
As such, Shang Ke turned back into a dolphin and restarted his live broadcast of his free and easy underwater life. Waves was already over a year old by this point, but he was still very dependent and liked to stick close to Shang Ke. He would start throwing a tantrum if he doesn’t see Shang Ke after a few hours, which left all the other breeders helpless. But as long as Shang Ke appears, he would immediately be all smiles, the model of cuteness and obedience, as if the one that was throwing a tantrum before wasn’t him.
Shang Ke led him on a journey through the marine building, teaching him how to hunt prey, leap, breathe, hide… and scaring people. Each day was different and fulfilled the cravings of their fans. They wished they could jump through the screens and play with the dolphins as well.
When Qin Yuan arrived within the marine building, Shang Ke was currently leading Waves along in the glass tank playing. The tank was five meters tall and was ring-shaped. Channels were connected to it allowing water in and out, it was classified as a half natural and half artificial environment.
Shang Ke immediately scooched close to the window at the sight of his arrival. He winked at him, then flipped his body up to reveal his white belly.
Waves followed his example, the only difference was that his head was pointed down.
Qin Yuan was somewhat speechless at the scene of two white bellies being flashed at him.
At this moment, a dugong slowly swam by behind Shang Ke, it even glanced over at them lazily.
Shang Ke turned around and swam until he was on top of the dugong and let it parade around with him on top. Waves chased after behind it, swimming left and right.
Qin Yuan recognized this dugong as the one the researchers chose in preparation to breed with Shang Ke. Watching how happily Flames was playing with it, a feeling of danger arose in Qin Yuan’s heart. Flames can transform! If he one day felt unhappy about being human, would he try changing into a dugong for a change of mood? Then find a female dugong to mate with?
Thinking of this possibility, Qin Yuan’s face immediately darkened. He quickly took a few steps to catch up with Flames, knocked on the glass and said: “Flames, keep a safe distance from other creatures, don’t forget that you’re already a dolphin with a mate.”
Shang Ke gave him a glance and thought that this man was just worrying unnecessarily.
Qin Yuan didn’t feel that his worry was unnecessary. Other people only have to guard against the men and women around their lover, but the targets he needs to guard against have no racial boundaries! All living things in the world can turn out to be his potential rivals, the most dangerous of which is the aquatic mammals.
Such a huge lineup of rivals, just thinking about it is very terrifying, okay?!
Flames wasn’t genuinely of human race thus he wasn’t restricted by various kinds of morals and laws. What if one day he suddenly took a fancy to other organisms, changed species on a whim and then dumped him.
Qin Yuan felt that it was necessary to explain in depth the concept of human marriage to him, lest he be stolen away by others.
That same night, Qin Yuan downloaded several touching romantic movies. He pulled Shang Ke to watch together on the bed, and also specially prepared his favorite dried fish and donuts for snacks.
This world’s 3D technology was very advanced, giving people an immersive visual effect. So although the story was very melodramtic, Shang Ke still watched it with great interest.
Qin Yuan’s mind wasn’t on the movie at all. His eyes peeped at Flames beside him from time to time, saw his mouth moving, watching and eating happily.
Right at this time, Flames suddenly stopped chewing, apparently he saw a scene that surprised him.
Qin Yuan turned around and saw that the movie was broadcasting the passionate bed scene of the male and female protagonists, the R18 scene was performed in detail.
Qin Yuan scolded himself for being careless, why didn’t he filter them in advance? Letting Flames see this kind of thing won’t have any side effects, right? Just as he was hesitating whether to change the movie or to fast forward, Flames suddenly spoke: “It turns out that male and female mating is the correct pairing.”
Qin Yuan: “…” Why does he have some sort of bad feeling?!
Flames added: “We’re both males, seems like we shouldn’t mate.”
“No!” Qin Yuan seriously said, “Mating is gender-neutral!“
“But male with male can’t reproduce.” Flames pointed to the screen and analyzed spiritedly, “It was said in the movie just now that only a male with a female can reproduce.”
Qin Yuan quickly turned off the movie: “That’s not all. As long as two people are in love, they can also mate.”
“But to reproduce is the responsibility of each species, and species that can’t reproduce will soon become extinct.” Flames righteously said, “I must not be an irresponsible dolphin!”
Qin Yuan: No, please do not be so responsible!
Qin Yuan took a deep breath and earnestly said: “Flames, remember those ‘experimental materials’ you gave to the institute? Even if I don’t have a child, you won’t lack children! Maybe the bloodline won’t be very pure, but they’ll still carry your genes in their body.”
Flames’s genes could promote sperm-egg fusion, greatly improving the rate of conception. This point had been verified but they hadn’t conducted a complete human experiment yet. The newborns that were bred this way would have the characteristics of Flames’s genes, but this didn’t mean they had blood relation with Flames. Their role was mainly to promote the survival of the sperm-egg.
However, Qin Yuan won’t tell this point to Flames, lest he intends to shoulder the task of reproduction again!
“Really?” Shang Ke used his crystal-clear eyes to look at Qin Yuan.
“Really.” Qin Yuan nodded with certainty, “So you don’t have to worry about the reproduction issue at all.” If it’s his wish, he may choose the species he likes in the future, then they’ll help to breed a child who belongs to him.
Qin Yuan considered the rarity of dolphins, it would be too selfish to not let him leave behind any children.
Shang Ke saw Qin Yuan deliberately used tricky words to elude him, he couldn’t help but inwardly laughed, leaned his body backwards onto him and lazily said: “Fine, we don’t reproduce, only love each other.”
Qin Yuan’s face relaxed, silently relieved. In the future they shouldn’t watch romance movies anymore! Who knows Flames would have anymore deep questions about race continuity from the male and female couple?
“Flames, how about I take you out for a stroll tomorrow?” Qin Yuan suddenly proposed.
Flames had stayed as a human for several months but had never left the aquarium. Qin Yuan thought that he should take him out to have some fun.
Shang Ke’s eyes were full of smiles, he raised his head to give him a dolphin kiss to express that he was very satisfied with his suggestion.
The next day, Qin Yuan left the aquarium with Shang Ke who was dressed brightly and tastefully. The first battle was the top dating destination — the amusement park.
At first, when Shang Ke looked at these people playing merrily, he gave off the feeling of a flower on a tall cliff that was disdainful of all living things. However, after really joining in the fun, the nature of a dolphin was instantly exposed and his entire person was excited like the sun, it almost blinded Qin Yuan.
After lunch, Qin Yuan took Shang Ke to the shopping mall and bought him lots of clothes, snacks, toys and some daily necessities.
Qin Yuan wanted to pamper Flames to the sky, making it so he couldn’t bear to leave him afterward.
Dolphins do not love exclusively, this is in the nature of their species. Qin Yuan was unable to change this, but the feelings nurtured in their future days might be able to capture the heart of this dolphin and let him become his partner who’d belong to him alone.
The two of them played until the evening lights were lit before going back to the aquarium.
Several staff members who saw their return immediately showed an expression of surprised joy and excitedly said: “You’re finally back! Hai Yan, quickly go to see Waves, it’s dying.”
Shang Ke’s face changed and he quickly rushed towards Waves’s location. Qin Yuan also followed behind him closely.
Plop, Shang Ke plunged into the water without taking off his clothes.
Qin Yuan stopped on the shore and coldly asked the staff member: “What happened?”
The staff member who spoke just now shrank and laughed dryly, “I’m sorry, it’s my fault that I didn’t say it clearly…”
What “dying”? Sheer nonsense!
Shang Ke looked at the beaming Waves who was swimming towards him, and looked at the scattered pieces of coral groups that it had made a mess of. He couldn’t help but poked Waves’s forehead with his finger and chastised: “Throwing a tantrum again, isn’t it just one day not accompanying you?”
Waves felt wronged and rubbed against his body, expressing that it felt really hollow and lonely.
“Don’t make such a fuss next time, otherwise the other small fishes won’t be willing to be friends with you.”
Waves gave a look at Shang Ke: Don’t bully it thinking it’s young and foolish, how can a small fish be friends with a dolphin? It will get eaten in minutes alright?
Although its heart disapproved, Waves still nodded its head and showed a sincere and apologetic appearance.
Shang Ke was fully aware of his character so he also didn’t bother chastising anymore. He looked up slightly and produced a melodious dolphin sound to calm the water creatures’ frightened mood.
Seeing this, Waves also followed his frequency and produced a clear singing sound.
The water surface slightly trembled, Qin Yuan and everyone else on the shore also heard this unique and beautiful clear sound. On a quiet night, like a mermaid’s singing voice, it made everyone feel extremely peaceful.
That night, when the staff members weren’t paying attention, Shang Ke transformed into a dolphin at the camera’s dead angle and went to spend the night in the water with Waves, leaving Qin Yuan in the bedroom alone.
Qin Yuan was very distressed, whenever he saw Flames having “skinship” with other creatures, he feared that something untoward would happen between them. Clearly it was just a normal contact, but it would make him nervous for a long time.
Shang Ke vaguely sensed there was something wrong with Qin Yuan. Every time he played with the other creatures in the water, a certain someone looked like he was going to do a mass killing. Yet he didn’t say anything and wasn’t afraid of causing internal injuries to himself from holding back.
That night, Shang Ke washed himself till sweet-smelling and then lay down next to Qin Yuan with the dolphin pillow in his arms.
Qin Yuan held his hand, his eyes deep and he looked melancholy.
The two stared at each other for a moment. Shang Ke could see that he really wasn’t going to talk, so he pulled Qin Yuan’s hand in front of him and eyed the sapphire ring on his finger. Then, he looked up at him, raised his hands, flipped them left and right, and said: “Qin Yuan, do you think there’s something missing on my hand?”
Qin Yuan inspected them for moment and replied: “White and smooth, with ten perfect fingers.”
Shang Ke: “……” So insensitive, you’re foreordained to not have any friends!
He showed a “I still want to redeem you but my heart is tired” smiling expression, then turned over and soundly refused to mate with him.
The next day, Qin Yuan whose desire was unsatisfied, was in a bad mood all day. Furthermore he ran into a pair of married clients who constantly showed affection in front of him. He ruthlessly ripped them off, cheated them until they fell from the river of love into the Dead Sea.
Before they part ways, the client’s wife suddenly asked, “Director Qin, are you engaged?”
Qin Yuan refuted, “No.”
The client’s wife smiled, “I thought you were engaged because of the ring you are wearing.”
Qin Yuan paused, his line of sight falling onto the sapphire ring on his hand and his mind exploded. He remembered the question Flames asked yesterday, “Do you think I’m missing something on my hand?”
How is he so stupid!
SnowTime: A very kind pair (Astra and Fae) offered me help to finish to arc and I gladly accepted xDDD. So do thank them /o/