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TnB: Bunny of the Sea 7Kotetsu had barely gotten into the water when he could feel someone's hands trying to lift him out of the water. He nearly laughed when he saw that was Bunny, trying to hold him up. With his best smile he placed a hand on Bunny's shoulder and waited until he had his attention to speak in a soft even tone.
"It's alright Bunny."
It took a while for Bunny to relax his hold, even when Kotetsu tried to pull free. The merman only relented when Kotetsu repeatedly, remaining calm, said it was okay and held onto the side of the tank.
The Japanese man waited a moment before pushing off the side and further into the tank. This time he couldn't stop himself from laughing at Bunny's horrified expression. He made a show of staying above the surface and swimming about so Bunny could see Kotetsu was fine as long as nothing was pulling him under the surface.
Slowly Bunny's face went from horrified to awe struck. Apparently it never occurred to the merman that the creatures around him could swim. He sim
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After Dr. Saito said he was alright and all the scientists left Kotetsu stripped out of his clothes and took a long hot shower, going over what happened again and again in his head. It only seemed to make him more tired and he wasn't sure if he'd have the energy to get dressed into his pajamas when he left the bathroom.
It was, however, an instant wake up call to see Bunny swimming right outside his window into the tank and looking right at him.
Thank goodness he came out in the towel.
"Perverted Bunny," Kotetsu shouted, holding the towel more tightly around his waist.
Bunny just continued to look at him, not reacting to Kotetsu's shouting. He probably couldn't hear through the glass and water.
Pointing his finger downward, Kotetsu made a twirling motion, "Turn around."
Still not understanding Bunny looked behind him and then turned right back to him.
"Give me a minute," Kotetsu grumbled and grabbed some pajamas. He went back to the bathroom, dressed and came back with Bunny
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Even with Bunny healthy it would be a long time before they could let the public know about him and open his exhibit at the zoo. The merman refused to acknowledge anything the scientists said to him, despite the fact Kotetsu now suspected he understood, and could still be rather violent when the mood struck him. Then, even if they kept guests below the surface of the tank and expected nothing out of Bunny other than to be looked at, he did not swim around enough in order for all the people who would want to see him to be able to do so. He seemed to prefer to stick to the corner of the tank without glass in order to make it hard to be seen.
It didn't help that, for whatever reason, Bunny hated it when Kotetsu had days off. His little tolerance for the scientists would fly out the window about an hour after so sign of Kotetsu and he would splash anyone who tried to go into the pool room, even if only trying to feed him. At least he didn't splash Kotetsu anymore when he came bac
TnB: Bunny of the Sea 4Chapter 4
As it turned out the merman, or Bunny as Kotetsu had taken to calling him, despite the disapproval of Karina, liked all sorts of fish. It was the dead, frozen presentation of it that had Bunny turning up his nose at it. They discovered this when Kotetsu thought it would be nice to put a goldfish into the tank to keep Bunny company and Bunny all but immediately ate it.
The fish they had been storing went to the other animals of the zoo and much of the refrigerators were replaced by smaller tanks of live fish for Bunny's meals. Typically they would put in two fish at a time and Bunny would eat one, saving the other to hunt down later. And soon enough they learned if Bunny didn't eat any of the fish at breakfast or lunch that he was silently demanding sushi.
Kotetsu got sushi making tips from Anju and though his rolls were never as well put together as his mother's it didn't seem to stop Barnaby from enjoying them. So far salmon still seemed to be his favorite but he also ate th
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Kotetsu's daughter, Kaede, was not happy with him about his new job. Or rather about the living situation that came with his job. He tried to reason and explain it to her without telling her about the merman, he had signed a contract saying he couldn't tell anyone, but she only yelled at him and then turned to an even worse tactic; ignoring him.
Though his mother, Anju, said she understood Kotetsu didn't believe her. She kept talking about other jobs that he'd already been rejected for that he could make another attempt at. He suspected she was also the one unpacking his things when he wasn't looking since Kaede had taken to her room besides for meals.
The night before he would move over to his room next to the merman's tank Kotetsu sat outside Kaede's room and apologized, talking to her late into the night even though she never responded. In the morning, despite the fact that she tripped over him after he had fallen asleep there, she still hugged him goodbye when he left wit
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"A merman actually," Lloyds corrected, tugging on the back of Kotetsu's vest to pull him away from the glass.
"But," Kotetsu wanted to stare Lloyds down for answers but he couldn't tare his eyes away from the creature that should not exist but clearly did. His brain was being uncooperative and could only form one question; "How?"
"A fishing vessel found him in their nets after they got to port, the poor thing was only half in water the whole time and was seriously dehydrated," Lloyds didn't sound that concerned. "They don't know where they picked him up from and he doesn't seem to speak any human languages. There was, of course, a bidding war but our owner, Mr. Maverick, won in the end and brought him here."
Though he was listening Kotetsu was still staring at the merman. He owned a fish when he was a kid and remembered its scales being shiny. This merman's tail looked dull and though Kotetsy didn't know the norms for a merman this merman's human torso looked underweight, ski
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