At the junction of the sky and the sea, the sun rose little by little from below. As the sun rose, the light spread across the sea, leaving only the radiance of light.
Siren floated up from the bottom of the sea, separated from the air by a layer of seawater, leaning back and swinging his tail lightly to let the movement of seawater take him somewhere. He closed his eyes, feeling the warmth of the sun shining into the sea.
Suddenly, a familiar scent moved from far to near. Siren suddenly opened his eyes, swinging his tail, as his entire body became upright in the sea.
He stuck his head halfway out, watched the familiar figure approaching, confirming that the target was accurate, he sank again.
Shen Fengyue rubbed his eyes and yawned, he had shallow dark circles under his eyes and was thinking that he didn’t sleep well last night. He reluctantly walked towards the sea where the boat was tied and stretched his lazy back.
He stretched out for a long time, with both arms raised high, his waist stretched upwards and backwards from time to time, like a big cat, when all his muscles seemed to be pulled apart, he sat lazily and sighed a few times. After that, he lowered his arm and began to untie the rope.
After stepping into the boat skilfully, Shen Fengyue carefully tested it a few times by rowing the boat to a fixed place, and when he found that there was nothing wrong, he quickly cast the net down, and then lay flat on his back to catch up on sleep in the boat.
People even get their teeth clogged by the cold water when they are unlucky1 This is just a vivid way of saying that once a person is unlucky, everything goes wrong. In fact, it may not be a big deal when you are in a good mood, but when your mood is extremely bad, you will feel that everything is not going well, and drinking cold water will make your teeth clogged., and Shen Fengyue almost regarded bad luck as his new home.
While fishing recently, he always felt that someone was always staring at him, and then he encountered some weird things too.
For example, one day, he threw his fishing nets as usual. That day, the wind and waves were a bit strong due to which the small broken boat was swaying heavily. Shen Fengyue stepped on the edge of the boat with the other foot inside the boat and was just about to throw the fishing net with difficulty.
A group of black shadows suddenly approached the surface of the sea, and then a jet of water shot out from the sea and landed precisely on Shen Fengyue’s face.
“Ah!” Shen Fengyue was taken aback. After screaming, he retreated and because of losing his balance, he slipped and fell into the boat.
Shen Fengyue put down the net in his hand, raised his sleeves to wipe his face, as he asked the system, “What the hell was that?”
The system was also dumbfounded, “I don’t know what was that. It was too fast, I couldn’t see it.”
“Could it be a sea monster? Loch Ness sea monster?2The Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie, is a creature in Scottish folklore that is said to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. It is often described as large, long-necked, and with one or more humps protruding from the water.” Shen Fengyue cautiously stretched his face out of the boat, and immediately retracted even before he could see anything clearly, “What was the thing that splashed my face with water?”
One person, one system discussed, but to no avail. After a while, Shen Fengyue felt that there is no need to discuss the matter anymore, wouldn’t he starve to death if he didn’t fish?
So he switched to the other side to throw the fishing nets again. At almost the same time as he threw the fishing nets, a jet of water shot accurately from the side of the sea again, Shen Fengyue couldn’t dodge and was splashed accurately with the water again.
Shen Fengyue, “…”
After that, no matter which direction he changed to, as long as he made the action of throwing a fishing net, the unknown creature under the seabed immediately used the water to attack and splash his face.
Shen Fengyue, “…” Can’t afford to provoke.
Moreover, the water jet didn’t inflict other places, just gave nourishment to his face due to which Shen Fengyue’s face was hurting all over. His face looked flushed, not because he was shy, but because he was infuriated.
Shen Fengyue, who was nourished by a lot of water, collected the net back and left in vain.
This can be only regarded as a minor mishap, but it was not only this, there was more!
One night, when Shen Fengyue was immersed in a beautiful dream under the quilt, suddenly a song floated through from the window into his ears.
“What the hell? Who is singing in the middle of the night?” Shen Fengyue muttered a few words, turned over, and pulled the quilt over his head to continue sleeping.
As a result, the song actually penetrated the quilt, uncontrollably, raging in Shen Fengyue’s ears, and became louder and louder, intensifying with every second.
Shen Fengyue rolled around on the bed, wrapped in a quilt irritably, trying to sleep, but the magical sound of singing still fell into his ears, making it difficult for him to fall asleep again.
With a swish he sat up, his eyes resentful as he thought for a while and whispered, “System?”
“…” No one responded.
“System?” he called again.
Not only did no one respond, but surprisingly the sound of the system’s even breathing came out of his mind. The system grunted, making a rustling sound, and after that, there was no more sound.
“Tsk.” Shen Fengyue shook his head to clear his mind.
The singing persisted through the ears straight to his brain, mashing his brain into a mess.
“Damn it!” Shen Fengyue punched the bed violently, turned over, and put on a coat to rush out, transforming into a grumpy old man, and vowed inwardly that if he caught the psycho who is crying in the middle of the night, he would surely beat the shit out of him!
Shen Fengyue’s house was near the sea, so the influence of the weather was greater. The temperature difference between the seaside at night and during the day was quite large. Whenever a gust of wind blew, it provoked bouts of goosebumps. Shen Fengyue rubbed his arms a few times, then looked up at the sky.
The moon just happened to lean out from behind the clouds, half-curved, blue, and amazingly bright.
Shen Fengyue looked at this blue moon, stupefied that it shouldn’t be this color, it should be red.
The red moon…
The singing came again, and it was a few degrees higher than before, immediately drawing back Shen Fengyue from his thoughts. He shook his head, thinking he was being stupid, just now, how could there be a red moon in this world.
Impossible, he has never seen a red moon.
Shen Fengyue shivered in the cool night breeze and then looked towards the sea.
The sound floated from the other side of the sea.
The song was actually very pleasant and fascinating to hear, like a strange melody sung by a sea monster on a stormy night, seducing the incoming and outcoming boats to stop for them and be dragged down into an endless abyss.
Shen Fengyue was led to walk to the side of the sea, and then he saw a scene that amazed him:
——In the sea not far from the land, there is a huge reef. A vague figure was lying on the reef, a human with a fishtail. Most of the body was on the reef, with only the tail hanging down into the sea.
Blue Moon could be seen behind the figure, and the soft light imprinted the creature’s profile, drawing a delicate light edge for the smooth lines of the body’s figure. He had one hand propped up on the rock under him and sang with his neck up. Suddenly, his slender tail struck the water with force, causing a burst of waves.
It was the first time Shen Fengyue saw a merman singing. The picture was so beautiful that he was stunned for a while.
When the merman noticed his approach, he stopped singing, lifted his hair with his hand, and then turned his face to stare at him motionless.
Shen Fengyue, “?”
Suddenly, the merman tilted his head and opened his mouth in his direction.
The moonlight outlined his beautiful lips, as the merman opened his mouth slightly, and then began to make a dolphin-like sound.
One louder than the other, a total of three screams!
Shen Fengyue, “…”
Then the merman jumped into the sea, and suddenly half of his body emerged again on the sea, as it continued to make dolphin-like sounds at him. He sank into the sea again and was a little closer to Shen Fengyue the next time his head came up, and then it continued to make dolphin-like sounds again.
He bounced back and forth about ten times, and finally, he sprayed a few water jets toward Shen Fengyue. With a flick of his tail, he raised a beautiful arc in the air, sank into the water, and left without looking back.
Shen Fengyue, “…” Very good, this familiar water splash. Finally, he knows who was nourishing his face with water. Coupled with the assistance of moonlight, it was enough for him to recognize it.
Wasn’t it the same merman who was thrown back into the sea by him that day! It’s quite vengeful, splashing water, and making dolphin-like sounds.
“Is he provoking me?” Shen Fengyue said to himself.
Unexpectedly, the system that he originally thought was sleeping like a pig replied, “I think so.”
Shen Fengyue hesitated, “You… just woke up?”
The system said, “No, I was awake. I just didn’t want to talk to you.”
Shen Fengyue, “…”
So on the way back they bickered, and Shen Fengyue tossed and turned in bed until 4 a.m. before going to sleep.
For the past few days, Shen Fengyue was being harassed by the merman from time to time, and it was tormenting and the dark circles under his eyes were much heavier, so he thought of taking advantage of the rare free time to make up for his sleep.
From the time Shen Fengyue showed up, Siren noticed him. When Shen Fengyue stopped the boat, he sank to the bottom of the boat, circled around the boat, thinking about countermeasures.
He was circling around, but he did not expect that Shen Fengyue had already thrown the net down, and the net spread out in the water to form a circle, just in time, circling the siren who was swimming around in circles.
He raised a hand, looked at the rope woven net in front of him, and then looked at his sharp claws.
Do I want to make a mess?
——Of course, I want to!
As soon as he thought this, Siren tore the net with his claws, cutting a big hole in a short time. He got out of the hole flexibly and looked back at his masterpiece with satisfaction. After thinking about it, he felt it was not enough, so he destroyed the net more for a while.
After all this was done, siren held a few short ropes of the net in one hand, floating on the side of Shen Fengyue’s boat, separated by shallow water, and rested together.
Time flew quickly. It was almost dusk when Shen Fengyue woke up. When he opened his eyes, the sun was setting, and the afterglow was falling on the sea. This time he slept extremely comfortably, and after having a good rest, his spirits and mood both improved.
He sat up and grabbed the knot of the fishing net and wanted to pull it back. He didn’t expect the net to be heavy this time.
Could it be that the harvest was quite rich this time? Shen Fengyue felt a lot of excitement when he thought of this, the strength in his hands increased, and he couldn’t wait to take the net up and look.
Siren woke up earlier than Shen Fengyue, and when he realized that the other party was about to close the net, he moved extremely quickly and started pulling the net into the sea.
Here, Shen Fengyue was still immersed in the joy of the harvest and didn’t even know that he was playing a tug of war with a merman.
He pulled the rope upwards, and siren sank the nets downwards. Because of siren letting him pull, it showed an evenly matched effect.
“Damn, how many fishes are there? Why is it so heavy?” Shen Fengyue pulled until his face became red, and even the blue veins on his hands appeared. He couldn’t help but spit out, “Did this net catch a whale?”
The system cheered for him, “How could it be possible? Just think about the endurance of your small broken net. Hurry up and pull, this time there might be some big fishes!”
Shen Fengyue hummed, and then prepared to use all his strength, grinding his teeth, and pulling back violently!
Siren underneath felt that it’s almost time, and let go of his hand, letting the net be withdrawn quickly.
The net was pulled back, but only a few tattered ropes remained. Due to the huge inertia, Shen Fengyue’s body flew backward, and he was about to flip down, but with the force he bent his waist forward, trying hard enough to stop in the air. His waist was hurting all over as he fell back into the boat.
Severe pain came from his waist, and Shen Fengyue frowned, rubbing his waist with one hand and squeezing the broken fishing net with the other.
Shen Fengyue pulled the ropes over and took a look. There was nothing, nothing at all.
At this moment, a tail suddenly protruded from the water, flaunting in the water majestically.
Shen Fengyue, “…”
A flame of anger rose from Shen Fengyue’s heart, like a volcanic eruption, magma erupting and burning all over the earth.
Without even having the time to think about anything, he was played and even harassed by singing all night. Shen Fengyue, who was burning with anger in his heart, disregarded his back pain, immediately picked up the oars and went to the place where the tail just appeared and scolded, “Hey, if you have the guts to destroy my net, you should also have the guts to come out! Let’s go head to head! Do you think I am afraid of you? Do you think I, Shen Fengyue, is the kind of person who is easy to bully? I’m telling you, I am not alone. There is one more person in my body!”
The system also yelled, “Yes! Shen Fengyue and I are not easy to bully! Old Shen, fuck him!”
“Ah, you ugly cheap thing, didn’t I just throw you back? As for you, why are you so small-minded, huh?” Shen Fengyue stirred in the water with the oar, “and if I didn’t save you by throwing you back, you would have died!”
“It’s really a dog biting Lu Dongbin3a dog biting Lü Dongbin, one of the eight immortals in Chinese mythology—mistake a good man for a bad one; wrong a person of goodwill, not knowing good people!”
The oars flapped against the sea, splashing waves of water, and Shen Fengyue’s clothes got wet, but now he couldn’t care less about it.
While he was cursing, he suddenly found a hole in the boat’s bottom, and gurgling water was flowing from the hole into the boat. A pair of sharp claws went through the hole and dug frantically at the edge, trying to dig the hole bigger.
The water had already reached the bottom of his feet, so Shen Fengyue hurriedly put down the oars and used a bucket to scoop the water out to the sea.
When Siren saw him move, he speeded up the digging.
One person and one shark competed, one scooping the water out and the other digging a hole.
In the end, Shen Fengyue couldn’t get faster than the merman, and the boat sank.
The seawater soaked his whole body, and Shen Fengyue’s head floated out of the sea. His limbs flounder in the water, and suddenly he bumped into a cold and smooth object. Shen Fengyue used his hands and feet to hit the object.
Not being fond of fighting, Shen Fengyue swam to the shore.
After being hit, the merman evacuated and sank into the water, watching Shen Fengyue swimming away through the sea.
Finally, Shen Fengyue got wet and went home in embarrassment.
The author has something to say:
Siren: Let me sing a song for you, please listen to it for me.
Shen Fengyue: Roll.
Shen Fengyue: Damn, dare to destroy my net, I’ll tear you up!
Siren: Ying, I am sorry.
Shen Fengyue: If a sorry could always work, what do we need the police for?!
Shen Fengyue: As long as I move fast enough, the speed of this merman can’t catch up with me! Later, the ship sank.
Shen Fengyue: “ …”
This is the Loch Ness Monster
- 1This is just a vivid way of saying that once a person is unlucky, everything goes wrong. In fact, it may not be a big deal when you are in a good mood, but when your mood is extremely bad, you will feel that everything is not going well, and drinking cold water will make your teeth clogged.
- 2The Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie, is a creature in Scottish folklore that is said to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. It is often described as large, long-necked, and with one or more humps protruding from the water.
- 3a dog biting Lü Dongbin, one of the eight immortals in Chinese mythology—mistake a good man for a bad one; wrong a person of goodwill