Chapter 165: Back To That Key Moment ④
TL: SnowTime, Sarah
When Shang Ke opened his eyes, he found himself in a narrow space surrounded by water. The sunlight was projected from above and through the shimmering light, he could faintly see a school of fish swimming among the colorful corals in the water.
Shang Ke was in a large transparent box on the coral. He tried to hit it a few times, but the box did not move. It was obviously sealed very well.
Shang Ke was now in dolphin form with injuries all over his body. Although he had been treated, there was little chance of survival considering the severity of his wounds. So he was now back from the dead? After the monster war with Dipson?
According to Qin Yuan’s character, he would definitely not give his “corpse” to the research institute. His most likely course of action was to bury Shang Ke “in an extravagant way”. So this transparent box was actually his coffin?
To wake up and he find himself living in a transparent coffin and sinking into the bottomless sea. What a horror-movie style scene.
System, you did this on purpose!
【Under Body Restoration…】
Shang Ke wagged his tail in the coffin and asked, “How long will it take?”
【Estimated to be 700 days.】
700 days… System, why don’t you go to heaven? Don’t say 700 days, he would starve to death in seven. Even if he didn’t starve to death, he would die from the lack of oxygen. Dolphins weren’t fish, they needed to breathe.
【Host can choose to hibernate, and the System will maintain Host’s basic survival needs.】
Shang Ke thought for a moment and accepted the System’s proposal. Although he would like to see Qin Yuan as soon as possible, his current mutilated state would no doubt make him upset. Let’s wait until after he was healed.
Shang Ke closed his eyes and slowly entered hibernation with the aid of the system …
“Director Qin? Director Qin!” A voice seemed to come from above, waking Qin Yuan up.
“Director Qin, this is the chart of the island. What do you think?” His secretary showed the three-dimensional figure of an island on the screen while looking at Qin Yuan with inquiring eyes.
Qin Yuan looked at the screen, then at his secretary, who seemed to look much younger, and his eyes became blank for a moment.
“Director Qin, is there a problem?” The secretary hesitantly asked after looking at Director Qin, who seemed to be zoning out.
Qin Yuan looked around doubtfully, then turned the ring on his hand. The cold touch felt especially real.
Strange… How could he appear in this office that he hasn’t set foot in decades? In front of him, his secretary still looked so young and was showing him the designs that also seemed familiar.
Qin Yuan’s eyes rested on his fingers and found that the skin on his hands was firm and smooth without any wrinkles.
Qin Yuan began to realize something was wrong. He suddenly stood up and walked quickly to the bathroom, standing in front of the mirror and finally confirming his guess.
“An Song! An Song!” Qin Yuan rushed out of the bathroom and asked eagerly, “What is the date today?”
Secretary An Song paused and replied, “May 13th.”
“3755.” An Song was somewhat confused about Qin Yuan’s questions.
May 13th, 3755, May 13th, 3755… Qin Yuan slumped, two years after Flames death. He originally thought that it was a gift from heaven, giving him an opportunity to change history. However, the result was so cruel. Since he had the chance to time travel, why not let him return to the time when Flames was alive? Did he have to repeat decades of a lonely life?
Qin Yuan tugged at the clothes on his chest, his expression twisted and feeling suffocated.
All of a sudden, he twitched and his face changed.
May 13th! It was the suicide date of Waves!
Qin Yuan pushed aside An Song in front of him and rushed frantically to the aquarium where Waves was.
Waves, I beg of you, don’t leave me.
Qin Yuan couldn’t endure the pain of losing them again.
“Waves!” Rushing to the aquarium, Qin Yuan shouted at the water while gasping for breath.
Plop. Waves’ head emerged from the water, two shining eyes looking straight at Qin Yuan.
Qin Yuan stared and breathed a sigh of relief. He collapsed on the edge of the pool and gestured to Waves, “Waves, come here.”
Waves swam forward unsteadily and intimately nuzzled Qin Yuan’s hand.
“Waves, I only have you left. Don’t leave me?” Qin Yuan requested.
He didn’t know if Waves understood him. The dolphin called out a few times to him.
Qin Yuan continued, “I bought an island. In a few days, I’ll send you there and never let you get hurt again. I only ask you to live well. “
Two lines of tears slipped from the corner of Qin Yuan’s eye. After two cycles of life, he still failed to keep his Flames. Fortunately, he still had time to save Waves.
Qin Yuan’s eyes flashed a touch of determination, and a plan took shape in his mind…
A few days later, Qin Yuan announced a shocking news to the world: Waves committed suicide.
Because of the death of Flames and continuous experiments, Waves grew depressed and finally chose to commit suicide. Qin Yuan also uploaded a video, which was taken from the aquarium’s surveillance. Waves jumped high from the water and rushed to the stone platform on the shore without hesitation. Although one couldn’t see the moment of impact, the figure of Waves convulsing on the ground was very clear.
The “death” of Waves caused quite a shock around the world, with waves of accusations being thrown around.
While Qin Yuan made everyone think that Waves had committed suicide, he used his power to secretly send Waves to the Wings of Flames he had just bought.
This time, even though he was condemned by many people and was under great pressure, he still wanted to keep Waves alive.
As for the little merfolk, he could only give up for the time being. Since they did not have the care of Flames, and human beings had no experience in nurturing them, they would die before too long.
After that, Qin Yuan slowly transferred his property and began to prepare his leave from the country. The National Laboratory was studying mutant genes. Soon, the first mutation crisis would break out.
Qin Yuan was not interested in participating in it. He only hoped that Waves would be far away from danger and live a safe life. For this reason, no matter how much it cost, he would not hesitate.
Flop! Waves jumped up from the rolling waves, causing patches of spray.
Qin Yuan stood on the beach, looking at its playful figure while trying to find another familiar shadow from it. “Director Qin, go back and have a rest. You haven’t slept for days.” Secretary An Song anxiously looked at Qin Yuan.
Qin Yuan’s eyes were heavily bagged, and his brows were drawn tight. He looked tired. The long-term insomnia had made his face look terrible.
“It’s fine. You can go do your work. I’ll stay a bit longer.” Qin Yuan stood still and had no intention of returning.
An Song heaved a heavy sigh, before turning and walking away.
Qin Yuan continued to look at the sea, motionless as a statue.
At this time, Waves swam towards him, leaning back his head and shouting at Qin Yuan.
Qin Yuan went to the coast and looked at Waves doubtfully. He did not understand what he wanted to do.
Waves thought that this human was really too stupid, no EQ at all! So Waves turned and swam towards the sea, then turned back to call him a few times. He swam towards the sea for a while again, then stopped to call for Qin Yuan.
After repeated several times, Qin Yuan finally understood that Waves wanted him to go somewhere.
Without further ado, Qin Yuan drove a speedboat to the dock and followed Waves to the depths of the sea.
After traveling for more than an hour, he couldn’t see the shadow of the island anymore. At last Waves stopped, and after a few calls he rolled over and dived into the sea.
Qin Yuan looked at the coordinates and felt a pain in his heart. Wasn’t this where Flames was buried? Qin Yuan tightened his fists and did not have the courage to go down and look at him.
Plop. Waves sprang out of the water and motioned for him to follow.
Qin Yuan pursed his lips and as if he had made some resolution to himself, he finally picked up the diving suit on the speedboat and changed into it. Then he jumped into the sea.
The sparkling sea floor was like another world—cold, silent and vast. This was the place where Flames was born and also his final place of resting.
Qin Yuan laid one hand on Waves’ dorsal fin and followed him all the way downstream. Not long after, he saw a colorful coral group with a transparent coffin quietly placed in it.
Qin Yuan released his hand and slowed down.
But Waves did not hesitate and quickly swam into the coral colony, circling around the coffin.
Flames … Qin Yuan silently recited his name in his heart, and then slowly swam towards him.
Once he swam to the corals, Qin Yuan’s body suddenly had a shock, his pupils contracting sharply. An expression of disbelief swept over his face.
In order to make sure he wasn’t just seeing things, Qin Yuan swam closer to the glass coffin, looking at the intact body inside, like a sleeping dolphin. His heart couldn’t help but beat violently.
Was it possible? Was it really possible? Flames had been so heavily injured and even pronounced dead, was it really possible for him to rise from the dead?
Qin Yuan’s eyes shone with a foreign gleam. It was like a person who’d been immersed in darkness for so long finally saw a ray of light.
Flames floated gently in the glass coffin without any scars in his body. The smooth skin was glittering and a translucent aquamarine blue which was a reflection to Waves’.
Qin Yuan’s hand pressed gently on the glass coffin, as if to feel Flames’ breath through this thick glass layer, with sentimentally attached eyes.
Flames was still alive! Qin Yuan was very sure this time.
Although shocked by the dolphin’s ability to resurrect, no matter what the reason was, it couldn’t compare with the joy of knowing Flames was recovering.
Suddenly, Qin Yuan seemed to think of something. His face lost color and his breathing grew rapid.
If Flames could be resurrected, then when he had been thinking of him fondly in the past, had the dolphin been staying in the cold sea floor and trapped in a narrow glass coffin?
At that time, he hadn’t even come to see Flames again!
For thirty years, had Flames lived alone in a glass coffin at the bottom of the sea?
Oh gods, just what had he done?
If Flames had successfully revived and obtained freedom back then, he would have come back to find him. But till his death, he never heard from Flames at all. It meant that he was never able to escape from his coffin. He personally created Flames a strong prison, and made him suffer from being unable to live, yet being unable to die.
Qin Yuan trembled. The brutal truth caused him more pain than Flames dying in front of him.
Qin Yuan hugged the ice-cold glass coffin tightly as he wept silently.
Sarah: man, that would have been really sad if past life Flames went through that… THANK GOD HE DIDN’T but poor ML doesn’t know that ;w; https://ko-fi.com/sarah_min
SnowTime: My meme is still one chapter off oof. The meme for 164 and 165 needed to be switch kek.