Baiju got up and shook his fur, shrinking his body to the size of a normal Samoyed, and he replied, "You can eat by yourself. It doesn't matter if I eat or not."
Xiao Yao smiled, his five fingers ran through his fringe, pushing his messy hair to the back of his head, "It doesn't matter if I eat for both of us, but White King, you’ve come back into human society, it would be good to indulge a little."
Baiju moved his ears, "Okay, that makes sense."
Immediately he pondered for a moment, and then said, "Whatever you like, I will eat whatever you want. There are many modern and new things, if you let me choose, I can only think of asking for two catties of braised beef. I don’t know of all the new things."
Xiao Yao's cheerful smile froze slightly, but he didn't say any more. He just pinched Baiju's ears and said, "I'll go to wash first. The White King can walk around the house as he pleases."
Baiju nodded slightly, and jumped out of the bed. He swept his tail and the sheets and pillows on the bed were flattened by an invisible force and stacked neatly. Then, Baiju left the bedroom, he didn't really explore the villa but politely went back to the living room, nestled in the sofa against the wall, and pressed the remote control to turn on the educational film that he was watching last night.
Xiao Yao came down from the second floor and went to the kitchen after a short while.
Although he could cook a few things by himself, he didn't often cook breakfast for himself, and there weren't too many ingredients in the refrigerator. So Xiao Yao looked through the ingredients and made some ham and omelette sandwiches, added some lettuce, tomato slices, and squeezed on some salad dressing. It was a nutritious meal.
"White King, can you eat chocolate?" Xiao Yao poked his head out of the kitchen and explained, "A human food, it's sweet. Ordinary dogs can't eat it, they will be poisoned. Can you?"
Hearing his words, Baiju raised his head and looked at Xiao Yao, and said, "It's okay, I can eat what humans can eat." He could also eat what humans couldn't eat, when he was really hungry. He just had never had a reason to use poison to satisfy his hunger.
Xiao Yao made a sound of understanding and went back to the kitchen to make two cups of hot cocoa. After thinking about it, he changed Baiju's share into a bowl.
Many demons had a wide range of appetites. Baiju was also a demon king with many blessings, but sensitive food like beans should still be paid attention to. Xiao Yao himself liked to drink something sweet in the morning, such as fruit juice, cocoa, sweet milk, or sweet soy milk. It made him feel that the whole world was beautiful, he hoped the White King could enjoy the same feeling.
Xiao Yao put the hot cocoa on the table, wiped his hands, took off his apron, and beckoned Baiju to come in for breakfast.
Baiju had long been waiting for Xiao Yao to call him with his ears up, and he jumped to the ground and walked into the kitchen.
Xiao Yao had already set up the dining table, he didn't pay much attention to arranging the plates. There was cocoa on both ends of the small table, and a woven rattan basket was placed in the centre of the table, filled with sandwiches wrapped in paper pockets.
"Sandwiches, taste one, if you like them I can prepare them for you again." Xiao Yao said, took two sandwiches, put them on his plate, and pushed the rest to Baiju. "I may not have made enough."
Big demons had big stomachs, they could eat a cow without burping, and a basket of sandwiches could only be considered a mouthful.
Baiju grabbed a sandwich from the basket, chewed it up in two bites and then swallowed it, he didn't taste it at all; he hesitated, then grabbed another piece, and chewed it carefully.
It seemed to have a sense of layered flavours. The soft and fresh sliced bread contained crispy vegetables and salty ham, mixing the flavours of protein, fat and salad. It tasted delicious and not strange. Baiju liked it very much.
After trying to eat three pieces as slowly as possible, Baiju raised his head and saw Xiao Yao holding a cup of cocoa and looking at him with his chin on one hand. There seemed to be a smile in his eyes.
Baiju was a little embarrassed.
He pursed his ears, then changed directions and licked two mouthfuls of hot cocoa. A sweetness came from the tip of his tongue, which made him wag his tail involuntarily.
After breakfast, the two of them didn't talk much, and the atmosphere became more and more harmonious.
Xiao Yao cleaned up the tableware and checked the time. It was already a quarter past eight in the morning.
In the past, he naturally woke up at 6 o'clock in the morning, and by 7 o'clock he would have already washed and eaten breakfast alone. This time, Baiju stayed in bed with him for more than an hour. If it was an ordinary working day he would've gone for a leisurely stroll but it was now just the right time to go to work.
Xiao Yao, as the head of the Demon Management Bureau, had already looked at the accumulated paperwork last night. For the time being, there was nothing that he needed to solve. He was relatively free. After picking up his things from the house, he saw Baiju sitting and waiting for him on the sofa.
Changing his direction, he sat next to Baiju, Xiao Yao looked at the educational film on the TV, and realised immediately that it was inappropriate.
After their morning exchange, Xiao Yao realised that Baiju’s level of common sense wasn’t particularly low, when compared to the fledgling little demons who didn’t know anything. Baiju at worst simply couldn’t keep up with the times and both in cognition and personality, he was a bit old-fashioned.
Maybe he needed to walk the dog.
With this thought in his mind, Xiao Yao couldn't help but stretched out his hand and rubbed Baiju's head, and asked, "White King, should we go out for a stroll?"
Baiju turned his head and looked up at the human beside him, there was a rumble in his throat, "What's the matter? Do you need to buy something?"
Xiao Yao said, “I don’t need to buy something—I was irresponsible before, the educational videos I showed you aren’t suitable for your level; if you want to integrate into society as soon as possible, it’s better to go out and walk around; I’ll be with you. Just ask me if you don’t know anything."
Baiju paused, then looked back at the door.
To be honest, he thought he would stay in this house for a while, and they wouldn’t let him out until he learnt some common sense...he didn't expect to be able to go out so soon.
Xiao Yao was once again amazed as he watched Baiju. As soon as he suggested letting him go outside to meet the little demons nearby, he saw Baiju jump off the sofa and skillfully take out a lead from under the coffee table.
Xiao Yao: "..."
Wait, he’s really walking the dog?
Baiju naturally held the dog leash in front of Xiao Yao, and slightly raised his head to beckon him to take it.
Xiao Yao rubbed his temples, he didn’t know how to respond, and squatted down to speak, "White King, are you sure you want me to lead you?"
Baiju was taken aback and tilted his head, "I've seen it a lot when walking down the street... nowadays pet dogs are kept like this."
What he meant was, do you really think of yourself as a pet dog? But when Xiao Yao opened his mouth, he decided to say something else, "White King, let's put it this way, you are going to help us discipline the lesser demons."
"So you must have the deterrent power of a demon king...both in strength and appearance."
"The current environment isn’t a suitable place for you to reveal your true appearance, but if you transform into a human, it will look much better than your current appearance."
Xiao Yao thought for a while, then made it clearer, "The current appearance of the White King is too cute."
So cute that people just want to adore you.
Baiju glanced at Xiao Yao silently.
Then Baiju turned his head down and put the dog leash back, and said dully, "Then I won’t go out yet."
Xiao Yao, "..." Was this..an offended child? ? ?
"White King?" Xiao Yao squatted for a while, but didn’t see Baiju turn back, so he got up, walked to the sofa, and stretched out his hand to pull on Baiju who was pretending to watch the educational film.
Baiju ignored him.
Xiao Yao laughed, rubbing the back of Baiju's neck and calling him by different names, "White King... Baiju? Lao Bai?"
Then, stretching the tone, "Bai’ge——"
Baiju couldn't bear it, flicking his ears and avoiding Xiao Yao, who was getting closer and closer. He squeezed out a low growl, and his thick voice brought with it a hint of shame, "Don't call me that...!"
Xiao Yao looked at him with a little smile.
Baiju shook his snout and explained helplessly, "The way I look transformed...humans don't like it."
After thinking about it, Baiju added, "I'm not good at transforming...as a demon, I can't hide all of my demonic nature. The humans will be scared when they see it."
In this regard, Baiju felt very helpless.
Ordinary demons became stronger and stronger as their Taoism deepened, and it wasn’t difficult to transform into an ordinary person; even some humble little demons could pretend to be no different from ordinary people in order to mix into the crowd.
But Baiju’s problem was that he only cultivated himself halfway and his transformation skills weren’t very practiced, when he had begun to act as a half-mountain god; the villagers up and down the mountain regarded him as a ‘dog god’, and he was blessed to become stronger and stronger. His demonic characteristics became a large part of his strength, but he became more and more unable to disguise it.
Originally, he was resigned to it. When he ascended to godhood, he would no longer be bound by his body and would take on a divine appearance. However, there was a huge change in the feng shui of the land, the dragon veins stopped growing, and the divine way declined, so he was left in this awkward position, neither demon nor god.
As a result, his transformation also stayed at the same level.
Baiju was a bit embarrassed.
Xiao Yao's eyes floated over him.
An incomplete transformation of a dog demon...?
Thinking of two white-haired canine anime characters, Xiao Yao felt an itch. Did he transform like that? Then the White King could go out and make his debut.
Shaking his head and throwing the two images out of his mind, Xiao Yao became a little more sober. He understood Baiju's concerns.
Unlike the images beautified by anime, if the demon's transformation was not complete, their original features were often reflected in their posture, limbs, and facial features; and the incomplete transformation of a dog often led to rickets in the back, expansion of the ribs, and thinning of the face. The bridge of the nose would be too long, their teeth would protrude, or their fingers were deformed...whatever it was, it would lead to a hideous form after transformation, that would strike fear into human hearts.
In the end, dog demons weren’t a species that relied on their appearance to feed, such as fox demons or painted demons, and their skills weren’t dependent on their appearance. For dog demons, perfecting their transformations was really a big obstacle.
Xiao Yao took a deep breath, feeling a little pained.
The Samoyed that Baiju turned into was so cute, he was also a white dog of the gods, but he couldn’t transform properly, it was a pity.
So he slowed down his voice and persuaded Baiju, "It doesn't matter if the transformation is not complete...nowadays, human makeup technology is comparable to plastic surgery. If your imperfections aren’t serious, you can still use makeup to remedy it.
"Why don’t... you let me see what you look like after you transform?"
Baiju thought for a while and asked, "Can you change the hair colour, cover up any markings, and such?"
Xiao Yao nodded as soon as he heard that there was a chance, "Yes, such things are quite simple, just dye one's hair and apply powder." It seemed that the white king's facial features should not be too much of a problem.
So Baiju changed.
Then Baiju saw Xiao Yao in front of him, again a blank statue.
Baiju was afraid that he would frighten Xiao Yao and was anxious to know the human’s reaction, so he hurriedly listened into his heart again.
The author has something to say:
Xiao Yao: The old dog misled me.
[A handsome colt yet he insists that he looks scary]
It's 2021 and people are still referencing Inuyasha...amazing. I wasn't a fan, but damn did it leave a mark.