The Merman, My Man by Black Velvet Chapter 94
The wound on my back was rather severe. Luckily, Gary found a first aid kit on the ship. I had wanted to treat the injury myself, but it was too inconvenient for me to reach it. I didn’t want to ask Laura for help, so I had no choice but to ask Gary to help me.
I laid face-down on the bed as it was not only convenient for Gary to apply the medicine, but it also prevented me from revealing too much skin.
“Your clothes are stuck onto the wound. I’m going to lift your clothes up, so bear with it for a bit, “ Gary said strictly.
I nodded and buried my face into the pillow. I was aware of the situation of the wound on my back, so I bit the pillow and prepared myself mentally for what was to come.
But the pain was so unbearable it felt like my flesh was being torn apart. It was so intolerable that my body involuntarily tensed up, and I clenched my fists. I couldn’t help but yell, “Go easy on me! F*ck! “
Gary’s face darkened, but he didn’t reply. He just hastened his movements and tore the clothes off my back. He then used a saline solution to clean my wound before wrapping it with bandages doused in medicine.
The pain was so intense that my teeth became numb, and my mind went blank. I could only let Gary have free rein. After he had finished treating my wound, he let out a long sigh as he covered me with a blanket.
After hesitating for a while, Gary finally said, ” Linda, I’m sorry. That day in the cabin, it was because of me that you… ”
Gary’s apology actually sounded quite sincere. Since I had known him, he always seemed like the type who loved joking around so that all the students would adore him. This was the first time that he had ever apologized to me genuinely.
However, our relationship was not as innocent as just a professor and a student. He had cooperated with the government behind my back, and not to mention he had also attempted to rape me. With that in mind, I felt very awkward and hid my face partially within the blanket.
”It’s not like that, Gary. ” I tried my best to sound like how I usually did. Then, I continued. ”You don’t need to apologize to me. You’ve been my professor for three years now and you have helped me a lot during this time. There’s no way I could sit still and do nothing. But… as for whatever happened in that cabin, could you just pretend you never saw anything? Just think of it as an atonement. Could you do that?”
Gary stared at me sympathetically. The expression on his face was odd like he had wanted to say something but couldn’t get the words out of his mouth.
The truth was, I could guess what he had wanted to say. It must have been too big of a shock for him to see me giving myself to Dicken. So, he was apologizing because he thought I gave my body to Dicken for Gary’s sake.
In fact, he was not too far off the mark. But since he and I had a professor-student relationship, I didn’t want him to misunderstand anything.
I was worried he would think that I had given myself to a beast because I was fond of him.
‘If he is thinking this way, then it’ll be too awkward if I were to say anything!’
To break the awkward silence, I decided to change the topic. I pretended to be calm and asked, “Where is this ship headed to? Since you’ve involved me in your schemes, I should have the right to know this much, right? Will you please answer me, Gary?“
Gary took in a nervous breath and remained silent for a while before he finally said, “To a group of islands called Lemenland.“
I was stunned and couldn’t help but blurt out in response, “What?“
“Legend has it that the islands are the place of rest for merpeople. Have you heard of it before?“
I furrowed my brows. There was no way they were headed there just to sightsee. I asked, “What are you going there for?“
I recalled the American military emblem that I saw that day in the cabin. Alarmed, I pressed him further, “Gary, are your plans in accordance with the Japanese government? Why were there men from the American military disguised as pirates to attack your boat? And why has Henry been tailing us since the beginning?”