CRA Chapter 37


Crooked


Even though there was a short distance between him and the ice crystal being held up in front of him, Xie Tao could already faintly sense the cold emitted from it.

This colorless ice crystal that had solidified was very translucent and sparkly, when touched by the sunlight, it became even more shiny.

Beautiful. Being held in the mermaid cub’s hands with the blue ocean in the background, the ice crystal unexpectedly seemed exceptionally beautiful.

When the mermaid cub saw that he did not take it, he became a little anxious. Scooting forward, he pressed his body against the shore and tried to get closer to the youth.

“Ah…” With a somewhat weak voice, the cub called out to him and with great difficulty managed to reach out a little bit further, lifting his gift even closer to the youth.

It was only last night that he had suddenly developed this ability. He didn’t know anything about it and had only been able to follow his instincts to explore his new ability.

In order to make an ice crystal like this one, the water had to be manipulated into a form and at the same time also needed to be solidified.

This ability wasn’t easy to use. The mermaid cub had tried many times to control and shape the water into a certain shape yesterday and had always failed halfway.

The water in the cub’s hands would gradually start to take the form he wanted, however his control over it was fragile and every time it would easily fall apart halfway. The cub would then completely lose control of it and could only watch as it fell back down into the pool.

When he tried to solidify the water, on the other hand, he usually succeeded, but the ice crystals he created would always have different hardness and melting time.

These two situations were due to the fact that the mermaid cub was still very unfamiliar with this new ability and didn’t really know how to control it yet. It did not help that he had to fully depend on his instincts to try to figure out how to use it.

Since he was merely a cub, the little mermaid also had very limited strength at the moment.

The translucent ice crystal in his hands was the result of many attempts. The first thing he thought when he finally succeeded and held the crystal in his hands was that he wanted to show it to the human youth in front of him.

Seeing the mermaid cub’s bright and expectant eyes, Xie Tao reached out his hand to receive the crystal. But as soon as he touched it, his left eyebrow jumped.

With the mermaid cub’s expectant gaze on him, Xie Tao restrained himself. He refused to let it show on his face, only taking one small breath in, one breath out, slowly letting himself adapt to the cold transmitted by the ice crystal.

The ice crystal had been forced to solidify by an ability, and was not exactly the same as ordinary ice. For Xie Tao who came into contact with it just now, it had felt as if the cold from the crystal had entered his body and instantly spread throughout it, turning him into a popsicle.

Fortunately, the feeling only lasted for a second and he could resist changing his face.

It was something the mermaid cub wanted to give to him, clearly hoping he liked it.

If he didn’t react well, the cub would be sad and disappointed. Xie Tao naturally did not want that.

Gently rocking his tail, the mermaid cub raised his head to look at the ice crystal that had been picked up by the youth. He then tried hard to read out the word formed by it.

“Pa… Pa.”

After saying it, the mermaid cub realized that he could now pronounce the two syllables one after the other smoothly, without any problem. The cub raised his eyes to look at the youth’s face, his ice blue tail moving excitingly under the surface as he waited for the youth’s response.

“En, I’m here.” Xie Tao moved the crystal over to his other hand and then reached out to touch the mermaid cub’s soft golden hair. Glancing down at the shape of the ice crystal in his left hand, Xie Tao smiled and praised him. “Gale writes very well.”

The shape of this crystal was indeed a word in the mermaid race’s language.

There were many species in the interstellar that inherited their race’s knowledge and the mermaid race was one of them. Although the knowledge passed on was very limited, it was still a small advantage for the cubs of these races.

“Ah~”

The mermaid cub’s blue eyes immediately became brighter and the cub emitted a low sound as the youth touched his head and praised him.

After, the little cub could not help but once again reach out and lightly grab onto the youth’s trouser leg. His tail swaying even livelier beneath the surface.

The word written in ice was actually very crooked. If it was to be evaluated objectively, the words “well written” would certainly not be used.

But even though the writing was quite crooked, it had a childlike feeling to it, and in Xie Tao’s eyes, it was still very lovely.

After all, the word was written by a cub. If comparing with his former world, then it would be as if a small baby in kindergartner wrote it.

It was already very good to be able to write at that age. How could he possibly demand that it should be well written as well?

Considering that it was written using the mermaid cub’s powers, it was even more praiseworthy.

Most importantly, as a parent, if their cub who had worked hard learned how to write, specifically wrote the word “papa” or “mama” and then ran over to show them—

Was there any parent who would not praise their cub?

Of course not.

Maybe because the mermaid cub had concentrated and put in a lot of effort to solidify the ice crystal, Xie Tao did not notice any sign of it melting.

It was a bit cold to hold the ice crystal in his hand and it had already started becoming numb. Xie Tao hesitated, then put the ice crystal in his pocket under the watchful eyes of the mermaid cub.

The ice crystal would probably melt, but until that happened, he would bring this gift with him.

“Can Gale do it again, the way you wrote this word just now?” The little mermaid grabbing his trouser leg, looked up and listened attentively as the youth slowly asked this.

The mermaid cub had without a doubt developed an ability, there was no question about it. However, Xie Tao remembered something Xia Qi had mentioned before—

That the mermaid race used singing as a medium for their power.

Regarding this, when Xie Tao went onto the Star Network and did some follow-up research to make up for his lacking common sense, he had also read it.

This being the case, people would normally reverse the concept and think that a cub who could speak would not be able to use the ability.

But now, right before Xie Tao’s eyes, there was a living exception.

Responding with a low sound, the mermaid cub gently swayed his tail and temporarily let go of the cloth in his grasp.

The cub then cupped his hands to pick up some water and tried to shape it into the form he wanted. Although the writing was still crooked, once the water started taking the form he wanted, the little mermaid gradually started solidifying the water into an ice crystal.

This time the writing was not as good as the last one, but the mermaid cub still held up the crystal, presenting it to Xie Tao.

The cub had developed an ability, but he didn’t use singing as a medium. He didn’t even need to make any sounds at all during the process…

Confirming this, Xie Tao thoughtfully nodded to himself.

Seeing the little mermaid holding up the ice crystal, Xie Tao could only show a helpless smile and pick up the second crystal, placing it in another empty pocket.

After having created the second ice crystal, the mermaid cub, who had once more grabbed onto the youth’s trouser leg, felt a little sleepy. But since the youth was there, the cub was unwilling to go to sleep and gently swayed his blue tail, staying at the shore.

Noticing the sleepy look on the cub’s face, Xie Tao suddenly realized that using his ability must have consumed a lot of spiritual power.

The mermaid in front of him was still a cub, after using his ability two times it was not surprising that he became sleepy.

“Gale, be good and go to bed if you are sleepy.” Xie Tao did not remove the cub’s hand from his trousers, he only touched the cub’s short light golden hair and gently coaxed him with a warm voice.

The cub seemed to hesitate for a moment and did not let go. But once his hair was touched by the youth, he only became more and more sleepy.

Finally, the cub became so sleepy that he issued a weak sound to Xie Tao and agreed to obediently go to bed.

Swimming over to the indoor pool, Xie Tao coaxed the mermaid cub to lay down on his shell bed. Because the cub was very tired when he laid down, it did not take long before he was deeply asleep.

Seeing the mermaid cub nestling peacefully on the shell bed, Xie Tao relaxed and cast one last look at the cub before standing up.

Xie Tao had to talk to the rest of the club about the mermaid cub’s newly developed ability. When he was at it, he also needed to ask Zarad if he, in addition to basic combat, could teach the cubs how to master and use their abilities.

When it came to teaching the cubs basic battle, Zarad had actually taken the initiative to propose this himself. Although the other said that he could teach it, he hadn’t made a living off it, so how good he was and what he meant by it was still for them to see.

Having decided on a plan, Xie Tao quite rapidly gathered the staff together to discuss these matters.

“Wait, wait a minute… Ah Tao, are you saying that these two ice crystals were made by little Gale?” It was not only Xia Qi who was flabbergasted, at this time everyone present, besides Xie Tao, had a face full of surprise and disbelief.

According to the characteristics of the mermaid race, their abilities needed to be channeled through songs. A mermaid’s song was therefore very powerful and the more power contained in the song, the more powerful the ability being guided.

Normally a mermaid cub could at most develop two kinds of abilities, one was water type and the other was spiritual type.

As for this ice type——

The chance of such a variant ability existing among the mermaid race was extremely slim.

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Translator’s note:

Of course! Our Gale is strong, unique and perfect!

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(Is it weird that I kinda feel like a proud parent?)


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