Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Luo XiaoLou cursed Shao Rong in his heart, but he didn’t dare to show any real courage, so he shrank to the corner of the platform next to the second place person. Luo XiaoLou was really worried that Shao Rong’s nerve cord had been connected to the murderous maniac channel. In case he didn’t like them, he would go crazy and make them bleed, which would be a tragedy.
The three of them quietly waited for the last player, as they were blown by the wind below. Luo XiaoLou calmed down over time. Now that he was within the top five hundred, he had gone far beyond his plans. It was a good idea to take a few days off to help Yates reform his mecha, and then continue lobbying Yuan Xi to let him give his mecha a second strengthening. If he had nothing else to do, he could also help Yuan Xi cook fish for once, which he hadn’t had for a long time.
Time passed quickly as Luo XiaoLou made plans. Half an hour later, the three people were waiting on the platform, when they heard the announcement that the last contestant had failed and the competition was over.
Shao Rong jumped out of the mecha regretfully, and Luo XiaoLou and the second place shuddered involuntarily as he came over. Shao Rong smiled and surveyed the two men on the ground, the second laying down and Luo XiaoLou sitting. Seeing as the second didn’t move, Luo XiaoLou didn’t budge either, he didn’t want to go anywhere alone with Shao Rong.
But! For God’s sake, why isn’t he leaving?
“Hey, can you move?” Shao Rong asked condescendingly.
“I… I can.” Luo XiaoLou stammered.
Shao Rong looked at Luo XiaoLou, stroked his chin and said, “It would be strange if you couldn’t. I mean, second place, what’s your situation?”
Turned out he wasn’t even asking him! Luo XiaoLou blushed and immediately turned to the person who had been lying behind him. Which resulted in the one behind him turning even more red and looking annoyed, before finally saying dejectedly, “I think you guys need to call me a doctor.”
Luo XiaoLou glared at the other person. What did you do already?
Finally, Luo XiaoLou and Shao Rong helped the second person, and the doctor arrived.
It was not until then that Luo XiaoLou received the results of the tournament: Shao Rong, Rod, and 521 had advanced to the tournament, as agreed by the mecha tournament committee.
Luo XiaoLou was dumbfounded as he watched the news on the communicator. His emotions had just calmed down, and now was on an emotional roller coaster again.
Luo XiaoLou and Rod looked at each other with a sense of solidarity, and saw excitement, joy and ecstasy in each other’s eyes.
Then poor Rod was carried out by the medical staff. Shao Rong smilingly looked at Luo XiaoLou, touched his head and said, “Little brother, you are too weak. Come train with me. Ah, this time, the people are weak and not violent. No one makes me excited. It’s really a long time with no serious feeling. Life is really too lonely.”
…That’s a shame, but I won’t let you get excited about it! You can kill us all without getting excited, but if you really got serious, we wouldn’t be able to leave alive. Luo XiaoLou puffed up his chest and eventually left the common room in a huff. He’d gotten lucky today and didn’t want to mess with the slightly twisted character again.
Also, even though Yuan Xi hadn’t contacted him yet, Luo XiaoLou was worried that Yuan Xi would return early, and today’s game was just too pitiful.
Luo XiaoLou ran out of the single room where he was changing and headed for the floor where they were staying. Halfway through, in order to take a shortcut, Luo XiaoLou intended to cross the third floor dining area. As it turned out, he had made an incredibly bad decision.
Luo XiaoLou was numb as he watched the people walking towards him, one of the two men in front of him was Luo ShaoFan, he had already given Luo ShaoFan his necklace, so Luo XiaoLou should be fine if he ran into him again. However, the person next to Luo ShaoFan was, quite literally, Major General Luo ChengYun, who was in full military uniform.
This was the first time Luo XiaoLou had come into such close contact with Major General Luo, and those vague looks from before were clear for a moment, but they looked incomparably strange.
Luo ShaoJun and Luo ShaoTian both looked a little like Luo ChengYun. And even Luo ShaoFan had a vague shadow or two. But Luo XiaoLou himself had nothing similar, and likely looked more like his mother. Luo XiaoLou was relieved.
Luo XiaoLou went face to face with them, there was no longer any possibility of avoiding them.
At this time, Luo ChengYun also looked over in Luo XiaoLou’s direction, and his brows furrowed as his eyes turned even sharper. Based on that look, it was clear that he knew who Luo XiaoLou was.
Luo XiaoLou froze on the spot. He didn’t know why he was so afraid of Luo ChengYun.
Luo ShaoFan stood at Luo ChengYun’s side regularly, and although he had tried to hide it, the resentful gloom under his eyes was still very obvious. He glared at Luo XiaoLou, wishing he could kick him away and make him disappear from Luo ChengYun’s view. Luo XiaoLou must have deliberately come to the restaurant to have a chance encounter with Major General Luo, but he wouldn’t let him get away with it.
Luo ChengYun stopped, looked coldly at Luo XiaoLou, and took a step his way.
Sweat dripped down Luo XiaoLou’s face as he tried to turn around and leave, but his feet stood still without obedience, even though somewhere in his heart he kept screaming, Leave, leave now!
Just as Luo XiaoLou was struggling to resist the aura released by Luo ChengYun, a hand was suddenly placed on Luo XiaoLou’s shoulder.
Luo XiaoLou immediately felt a lightening of mental pressure, as if the pressure he had just experienced was actually an illusion. The person behind him was so familiar that Luo XiaoLou knew who it was even if he didn’t turn around.
As Luo XiaoLou leaned back with faint steps, Yuan Xi wrapped his other arm around Luo XiaoLou’s waist. In public, Yuan Xi rarely got this close to Luo XiaoLou. It was because Luo XiaoLou rarely felt uncomfortable and Yuan Xi waited for Luo XiaoLou to lean in, so there weren’t many opportunities for him to embrace him in public.
Yuan Xi was strong and arrogant, and his aura was no weaker than Luo ChengYun’s, so at that moment, Luo XiaoLou shuddered and shrank into Yuan Xi’s arms, thinking the words, it’s over.
Yuan Xi naturally sensed Luo XiaoLou’s nervousness and discomfort and hugged Luo XiaoLou hard, a smile tugging at the corners of his mouth. Luo ChengYun frowned at the two, nodded to Yuan Xi, and left with Luo ShaoFan.
Luo ShaoFan looked back at Luo XiaoLou with a sneer. Even if Luo ChengYun knew Luo XiaoLou, if Luo ChengYun saw Luo XiaoLou acting like he was servilely clinging to Yuan Xi, he would never recognize his son again for the sake of his face.
Yuan Xi, on the other hand, laughed after Luo ChengYun left, and the hand around Luo XiaoLou’s waist, though still supporting him, began to move unorthodoxly, touching Luo XiaoLou’s buttocks as he said proudly, “Why are you afraid of him? Now that you’re mine, he can’t control you anymore.”
Luo XiaoLou didn’t say anything, so Yuan Xi looked down. Luo XiaoLou was still pale though he wasn’t shivering anymore, and he said gently, “Don’t worry. With me here, no one can touch you, even those who have blood ties to you.” How could he let anyone touch his wife when he couldn’t do it himself?
Luo XiaoLou was dumbfounded, stopped in his tracks, and asked in a slightly panicked voice, “You know? That, my relationship with him…”
Yuan Xi nodded and said matter-of-factly, “I looked into it when I decided to take you home. It’s not that I care about your identity. This is just for your protection.” As for the fact that he had known Luo XiaoLou’s identity since the third day of his stay with Luo XiaoLou, he wouldn’t tell Luo XiaoLou.
Luo XiaoLou’s head was in turmoil and he didn’t think much of it. He was taken to lunch by Yuan Xi with Yuan Nuo and the others. Yue Shang hadn’t returned yet, but Su Lan had come instead.
At the table, Su Lan’s eyes were always focused on Yuan Xi, and when she saw what Yuan Xi liked to eat, she took the initiative to move it in front of him.
Luo XiaoLou was surprised to see Su Lan, a woman, rushing to serve Yuan Xi, while Yuan Xi and Yuan Nuo acted as if they were used to it. He couldn’t help but turn his head to look at Yuan Xi, who wouldn’t accept this if it were anyone else. In fact, this temperamental and ill-tempered man had very good table manners.
So, what was Su Lan’s role around Yuan Xi?
At the table, Yuan Nuo was talking excitedly about today’s match, mentioning that he had finally met some decent opponents.
Due to the unique circumstances of today’s game, some teams reached the finish line with less than half of the players, so there were only 373 players remaining. The next match would be the one-on-one elimination match.
After that, the group format would be restored, and the next group matches, where the strongest players would face each other, would definitely be more interesting. People were already speculating or placing bets on the top ten this year, and virtual networks, forums, and TV programs were beginning to predict the top fifty and one hundred this year.
For Luo XiaoLou, these were quite distant and unrelated to him. It wasn’t until that afternoon, back at his residence, that Luo XiaoLou received a message from Radiance that really connected with him.
The message was from Rocky, his coach, congratulating him on making it to the top 500, and then mentioning that since Luo XiaoLou was one of the seven players from the Radiance club on Planet Anse who made it to the top 500, Radiance was very optimistic about Luo XiaoLou and asked him if he wanted to join Radiance permanently.
If Luo XiaoLou joined, Radiance would provide Luo XiaoLou with a training facility, a trainer and even a place to live for free. If he contributed to Radiance to a certain extent, he would get contribution points, which could be used to exchange for a mecha or mecha parts he needed.
In the end, Rocky told Luo XiaoLou again that although it was an invitation from the Club, Luo XiaoLou could consider coming according to his own situation. In the future, other forces would definitely come to recruit Luo XiaoLou, so if there was a place more suitable for Luo XiaoLou’s development, there was no need to come.
Even if there wasn’t a good choice, Radiance was a good choice. At least it wasn’t so dark, and Rocky himself would be able to give him pointers and take care of him.
Luo XiaoLou looked at the information on the communicator in surprise, and realized that even the top 500 mecha warriors were already small celebrities.
Luo XiaoLou thought about it for a while and rejected Rocky, saying that he wasn’t considering joining any force right now. After all, he still had to go to school and wanted to think about development for two years.
Rocky received the news and responded that he would tell Radiance, and encouraged Luo XiaoLou a few more times to play well. He was already doing well and told him not to stress too much.
Luo XiaoLou had a smile on his face and turned off the communicator. As long as he was with Yuan Xi, it was impossible for him to join either side’s forces as a mecha warrior.
But this feeling of being affirmed was very good.
Yuan Xi came out of the bathroom at that moment, and Luo XiaoLou said he was going to drop off the mecha at Mu Chen’s place. Mu Chen had been discharged from the hospital, and after speaking to Yuan Xi, Luo XiaoLou went over there alone.
When Luo XiaoLou was ushered into Mu Chen’s room, he was surprised to find that Tian Li was there too. Now that Mu Chen was well, Tian Li actually gave up his desire to pick up a pretty girl and made his way over to Mu Chen.
Luo XiaoLou handed the space knob to Mu Chen, and after receiving it, Mu Chen fondled it a few times, his face changed.
With obvious surprise and laughter, Mu Chen said mildly, “I’m so happy, I really didn’t expect you to be able to do this.”
After touching it lovingly two more times, Mu Chen said seriously, “It’s just that I can’t afford to pay for your repairs right now, but I’ll pay you back.”
Tian Li felt like he had lost face with Mu Chen these past two days. He had studied hard and quit a lot of bad habits for this, but now it seemed he was still useless. Now, seeing that Mu Chen actually said that he couldn’t afford to pay for the repairs, he said before Luo XiaoLou spoke, “Luo XiaoLou is my buddy, and he will repair it for you, just like I will repair it for you, without paying. Don’t worry, if this kid charges you, I’ll pay him.”
Mu Chen looked at Tian Li, then turned to Luo XiaoLou and said, “We’re all friends. I won’t say anything if you do a small favor once in a while, but not this time, the cost is too high.”
If it was just a restoration, it wouldn’t have cost much at all. And he was giving Mu Chen strengthening for his own practice, so Luo XiaoLou hadn’t really ever meant to charge for it.
Looking at the insistence in Mu Chen’s eyes, Luo XiaoLou hesitated for a moment and said, “Alright then, keep an eye out for good materials for me. I like materials.” Luo XiaoLou wasn’t sure of Mu Chen’s family situation, but since he said he couldn’t afford it now, he definitely wasn’t too rich. It must have been hard for him to get into the Mecha Department Class One, so it was clear that he was also very good at it.
And Luo XiaoLou was already impressed with him and immediately thought of a compromise. Mecha warriors often got rare materials when they were on missions.
Mu Chen chimed in and said, “That’s fine, if you have a specific material, you’d better let me know and I’ll keep an eye out for it.”
After saying this, Mu Chen looked at Luo XiaoLou again with a smile in his eyes, “Thank you so much this time, I didn’t expect that you’re already so powerful. Your master must be very happy. Also, I have to say, it’s hard to find a mecha maker like you. Even a master probably wouldn’t do that.”
No one would give mecha full body enhancements unless it was a special case.
Luo XiaoLou was stunned, understanding that Mu Chen was talking about his use of enhancements, and was polite enough to not say anything.
Tian Li watched from the sidelines. His heart began to be constantly sour again, vowing in his heart to go back and grab Luo XiaoLou to train him.
When Luo XiaoLou returned, Yates was waiting for him, watching the video of the fight with Yuan Xi. Luo XiaoLou picked up Yates’s mecha space button and planned to rent the studio for the afternoon.
Yates hesitated, he had no other matches, much less anything to do, and went along.
When he arrived at the studio, Yuan Xi told Luo XiaoLou to contact him after it was over and he’d come pick him up himself. Luo XiaoLou took Yates with him. Yates’s mecha was a Class 2 mecha that Luo XiaoLou had assembled, and he was very familiar with it, so it was easier to strengthen it.
Although it was only a Class 2 mecha, he could tell that Yates had taken great care to maintain it, and it still performed well.
This time, Luo XiaoLou exchanged the remaining third of the bottle of strengthening agent into two bottles, one bottle for overall reinforcement, because the process was skilled, and the mecha level was not high. In an hour, the reinforcement was completed, and the Class 2 mecha had reached Class 3 Medium Grade.
Luo XiaoLou again asked 125 to help break one part of the mecha, and painstakingly performed a second strengthening right away. Knowing that Yates couldn’t buy a higher grade spare mecha, Luo XiaoLou became even more attentive to this mecha he had assembled with his own hands in order to help his friend.
After all, unlike Mu Chen’s Class 4 mecha, the higher the mecha level, the more difficult it was to strengthen, and after an hour and a half, the secondary strengthening was completed. Luo XiaoLou stroked the taller mecha that was almost about to change its shape, feeling very satisfied.
Then, Luo XiaoLou looked at the time and said to 125, “It’s a rare opportunity. Take out that microchip.”