there needs to be a long mertober fic based off that gercan-ish prompt where ludwig was a scientist and matthew was a rambunctious little mermaid/shit.
and matthew teases scientist ludwig and ludwig thinks the merman is just a jerk and then he switches divisions.
then cue sad merman pining and matthew singing his sorrow for a full week and then finally alfred (the lead scientist) comes storming into ludwig’s new office and goes for crying out loud, he’s just repeating your name over and over, just come back please.
fun fact: matthew was the worst singer in his pod (but still better than humans)
fun fact 2: he has no lyrical ability so he literally just sings ludwig’s name over and over in varying notes and alfred only knows bc he studied ancient merlanguages (shut up it is a thing)
and ludwig sighs and comes back, just to see what all the fuss is, and he finds matthew, sulking and unhappy, and hair uncombed, and when he comes up to the enclosure, matthew drags him in.
and ludwig is like i’m going to die
but when he opens his eyes matthew is clinging to him like a life vest and they’re floating in the middle of the tank.
and ludwig transfers back to this division and matthew is a much better behaved merman
although if ludwig takes too long a lunch, matthew immediately starts up with his singing again (and ludwig has to woo him over again with a tuna salad sandwich from the deli across the street)