Chapter 75: I Am Not A Merman (XII)
Shang Ke slowly opened his eyes with a pounding pain from his head. He waited until the pain had somewhat subsided before noticing that he was in a large water tank. A couple of researchers stood by it, and the head of the group was that research leader.
He instantly realized that his situation was dire. From what he remembered before he lost consciousness, he had been freely swimming underwater until a burst of pain came from his waist. Apparently, he had been hit by something thin and sharp, then he had lost consciousness. It was very clear now that he had been schemed against by the research leader.
Strange, the dolphin research project has been progressing very smoothly, he has been so cooperative he can’t be any more cooperative. Must this guy use such a method?
“Hehe, Flames, or should I call you ‘Hai Yan’?” The research leader looked him over like he was appreciating an art piece.
Shang Ke’s confusion instantly cleared up, the research leader now knows of his identity and plans to monopolize the gain.
He glanced around the area, it was not the familiar research institute they were at. He did not know what means the research leader had used, but he was rather curious about just how they had smuggled him out of the marine building. He was currently in dolphin form, so not only was he huge, he was very heavy.
“From today on, you are the most important experimental subject of our new research group. We will make sure to not waste a single cell from your body.” The research leader spoke with false kindness with his hands clasped behind his back, “As long as you cooperate with us, help us complete our experiment, the entirety of humanity will extend their gratitude to your sacrifice and contribution in the future.
Can you speak less nonsense? Get to the point!
Shang Ke turned away, too lazy to deal with him. He has the courage to face all sorts of deaths, but even if he needs to die, it needs to be in an extremely heroically and brave manner, there was no way he was going to let this guy take advantage of it.
The research leader seem to have already foreseen that he would not cooperate, so he had people push out a small water tank. Hearing the sounds of activity, Shang Ke turned back and was mortified to see that the two little mermen were also smuggled out. When the two of them saw Shang Ke, they immediately stuck to the top of the water tank, anxiously watching him.
Shang Ke frowned. Did the research leader take the chance while Qin Yuan was abroad and had people empty out the marine building?
“Alright.” The research leader patted the small water tank and spoke with a smile, “I want to see the process of you turning from dolphin into human again. Now start.”
Although he wore a smile on his face, the threat hung clear in his words.
Shang Ke was not interested in revealing his naked self in front of all of these people, but with the little mermens in their hands, he did not have a choice.
“You’re not willing?” The research leader pressed a button and the water temperature in the small tank started to rise. The two of them crowded together in the tank, staring at Shang Ke with confused gazes.
In fact, the research leader has other means to see make Shang Ke transform, such as injecting him with drugs. But he just wanted to push down on Shang Ke’s wild nature and make him more behaved.
He didn’t expect Shang Ke to not take the bait, rather, he objected very violently by banging himself against the water tank. Once, twice, as if he did not want his life. The water tank started to shake under his constant strikes, the water splashing back and forth.
“Stop!” The research leader bellowed.
Shang Ke did not care and continued slamming himself against the tank with all his might.
“Damn it! Inject him with anesthetic.” The research leader ordered and one researcher immediately clicked away on the control panel.
A drill-shaped metal instrument was raised from the top of the water tank, followed by a laser mean aimed at Shang Ke.
Shang Ke moved nimbly and quickly scuttled to the top, dodging the laser. At the same time, he produced a sharp whistle. The whistle he produced was not something humans can hear, but it can affect the operations of electronic equipment. The metal instrument made mournful sounds from his whistle and immediately went on a glorious strike.
The people outside of the water tank was utterly stunned, they did not expect that the whistling of dolphins could have such destructive capabilities.
The research leader’s face was dark and he ordered, “Pour the anesthetic straight into the water, let’s see how long he can persevere!”
He was going to throw his everything onto this dolphin. If he doesn’t dominate him, there was no way he would cooperate in the future experiments.
One of the researchers hesitated, “Leader, shouldn’t we use a gentler method? Dolphins are rather emotional animals, if you torment it too much, he might commit suicide.”
“Don’t treat him like a normal dolphin.” The research leader coldly answered, “Do as I say. Then starve him for a few days and we can continue with the next step of our plan.”
The researcher was helpless and could only follow his instructions.
Shang Ke sunk to the bottom. Although he had already planned to become an object for experimenting, and also wished to heroically sacrifice his life for humanity, it was not in this kind of sullen way.
Under the influence of anesthesia, Shang Ke once again lost consciousness…
Qin Yuan hurried rushed back to the country and looked over the cameras. He could not believe that the little mermens and Flames had been smuggled out despite the layers of guards. He didn’t even need to think to know who did it. The only one who could do it could only be the research leader who has internal authority and no one else.
“Dipson, you better pray that Flames is fine!” The desire to murder him was truly lit within him at that moment. Just thinking of what kind of sufferings Flames might be going through made him unable to control the rage within his heart.
Qin Yuan had the news that Flames was taken away by the people of the research institute made to the public. On one hand, it was to criticize their inhuman methods and exploit the public opinion to pressure them. On the other hand, it was to increase manpower to find the tracks of the research leader. Qin Yuan had investigated his background before, to dare to snatch Hai Yan from his hands, the only power that was capable of that was under the banner of some base of the research institute. It would be the place Flames was kept in captivity.
The news that Flames was missing was already announced and immediately aroused the rage of the masses. They were actually using Flames as an experimental subject? He had once saved so many people in that disaster, was so much like a child and innocently trusted humans and was close to humans. But his ending was to become an experimental subject despite all of that?
They had originally believed that after they had saved him from that group of fishermen, he would never receive such treatment anymore and can happily live at the marine building. They did not expect that he still could not escape from the evil schemes of humanity! And this time, it was even until the banner of doing it for scientific research, boldly imprisoning Flames.
The so-called research, can it not be done under the supervision of the masses? To sneakily do experiments, they were clearly prepared to use some very disgusting means.
The information of the research leader Dipson was quickly found by the masses, and amongst it was some rather hidden information. The most denouncing piece of information was on Dipson’s experimental methods, he was completely unscrupulous. Who knows just how many animals had been tormented to death by him. He reputation in the research field was not too good, but because of his mastery over his skills and his backing, he was able to forcefully insert himself into many very important research topics.
After finding out all of this information, the populace was beyond shocked and enraged. Can Flames even return alive after landing into the hands of this kind of person? What research could be so important to be worth sacrificing one of the only two remaining rare dolphins?
In only two days, marching protests were organized all over the world in succession to demand Dipson safely return Flames. Those dozens of people that Flames once saved worked even harder than others to fight for power for Flames.
The dolphins fan club permeated the entire world and every field, from the rich and powerful influential officials above, to the common people below. His harem was large, and their power astonishing and they were able to provide much sway to their demands.
Dipson did not foresee that Qin Yuan would actually draw support from the public to smack the country’s face with no regards to the country’s position. His research was officially confirmed by the country, to obstruct his research was to go against the country.
Dipson clearly underestimated Qin Yuan’s influence. Since Qin Yuan dared to do this, then it meant he was fearless of the higher ups coming to find trouble with him.
With the support of the public opinion, Qin Yuan led an armed force and forced his way into Dipson’s research institute without any misgivings.
Under the double pressure of the public opinion and Qin Yuan, Dipson was given up by hs backers in the end. He was unwilling to hand Flames over. The transformation of humanity from the result of his experiment was right before his eyes, his heart was trembling and his blood boling.
He forcefully placed the half-unconscious Flames on the experiment table and took out a surgery knife that emitted a cold light. He darkly looked down at him…
By the time Qin Yuan hurried to the research institute, he was still a step too late. What appeared before his eyes was a bitter scene that scared him out of his wits.
Flames lied on the experiment table with over half of of skin and flesh peeled open. Almost two thirds of his blood has left his body, and he was just like withered husk. Even his muscles have lost flexibility and he looked like a fish corpse gnawed and eaten by birds and beasts.
Qin Yuan froze on the spot, his mind droning on with an unheard sound as he could not believe that this “destroyed corpse” was his Flames, his always happy and lively Flames. Time seem to stagnate at that moment, he could not gather up the will to confirm his life or death.
It lasted until a happily surprised voice broke the silence, “Boss, he’s still breathing!”
He’s still breathing?”
The voice seem to have come from far away, and Qin Yuan gradually pulled himself together. He staggered over and bent down to get closer to Flames, and noticed that he really was still breathing.
Qin Yuan’s heart seem to beat again as he emotionally spoke, “Quick, prepare emergency treatment!”
Shang Ke had been starved for three days, he held no strength in his body. But because of the anesthetics, he did not feel too much pain when Dipson cut him up.
However, after he became clear-headed and saw his own devastated state, he really wished to stabbed out his own eyes. Where can one still find the cute dolphin? He was simply a piece of dried skinless fish like this! Even plastic surgery probably won’t save him, he can only hope his strong regeneration abilities will work.
The only point he could rejoice about was that Dipson did not dig out his internal organs, otherwise, it would be absolutely impossible for him to survive.
Fucking hell, it was good that he was a dolphin, if he was in human form, this would no doubt leave behind a mental trauma on him!
“The little mermens were all saved, you don’t need to worry.” Qin Yuan sat by the water tank and watched the weak Flames, his heart full of distress.
A warm light flashed through Shang Ke’s eyes and he lightly swayed his pelvic fin.
Qin Yuan placed his hand on the glass, his head leaning against it as he spoke in a muffled voice, “I’m sorry, Flames.”
His eyes drooped, covering up the glint of tears that were beginning to form.
Shang Ke helplessly looked at him, knowing that this man had practically cracked his own heart from worry about him, he wanted to tell him: It wasn’t your fault, I am the one trying to court death. In order to stay in this world, I will do my best to complete the missions, and do my best to survive. Then, I will stay by your side to spend this life away.
Qin Yuan looked at Flames limpid eyes, even though he was injured all over, his eyes were still so warm. He was the one being consoled instead.
He felt even more pained at that, and hated Dipson even more.
It was a pity that they let that scoundrel escape, and he even left with the flesh carved from Flames!
Qin Yuan will not let him off, even if he has to flip the world upside down, he will find him. Then, he will exert all the pain done to Flames back onto Dipson in double the amount.
Shang Ke was injured very heavily this time, and Qin Yuan had planned to keep it confidential from the public. However, it was still leaked out in the end. Those medical personnel that likes Flames, how could they hold back from it when they saw the devastated state Flames was left in? In not only two days, many pictures of Flames’ state was circulating.
Although they guessed that Flames would be tormented, they did not think that it would be this bad.
In a moment, the entire world was furious. They used their own power and searched for Dipson everywhere.
Dipson was determined to be successful with his research on dolphin genes, so he wanted to find a secret place to continue his research. Once his research results come to fruition, he can come back out in a high manner and let everyone know of his results.
However, Shang Ke made a choice that he could not imagine.
“The information that the dolphin gene is capable of raising fertility to the world.” After his injuries have recovered somewhat, Shang Ke transformed, and those were the first words he said to Qin Yuan after he did so.
As an experimental subjet dolphin, rather than becoming a chess piece used to satisfy the desire of a small portion of people, why not boldly show himself to the world? And under the checks and balances of the various powers in the world, he can be a magnanimous, very sacrificial great dolphin.
If they obtain the desired result for their research on him, then perhaps Waves and the small mermens can obtain freedom in the future.
Shang Ke had just made his resolve when the voice of the System came through his mind: 【Completed additional mission 1—Find Merfolks. Ten years of detain time is gifted.】