Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Luo XiaoLou didn’t get up the next day because of the overly intense exercise the day before.
When he woke up, 125 was lying on his side, watching a dog-blood romance with great enthusiasm. The hero and heroine on the huge digital screen in the bedroom, probably having just gone through all sorts of pain and frustration, were hugging each other with tears streaming down their faces.
125 looked almost teary-eyed, his paws clasped in front of his chest, and the tip of his tail trembled with excitement.
“Oh God, you bastard, why didn’t you wake me! I missed the time! Do you know how lucky I was to advance to today’s game?!” Luo XiaoLou screamed, but his voice was so hoarse that he couldn’t take the authority of a parent at all.
125 diverted a bit of attention from the plot to Luo XiaoLou and said, “Actually there’s something even luckier. You’ve been wheeled out today.”
“Huh?” Luo XiaoLou was surprised, and immediately went to look at his communicator, where there was indeed a message saying that he had been rostered out today, and that he could just go directly to the team competition tomorrow.
Today was a one-on-one elimination tournament. Yesterday 373 players had advanced, and because there was an odd number, someone would indeed be wheeled out. Luo XiaoLou was pleasantly surprised and proud of himself, thinking that luck was also a strength.
Luo XiaoLou was still a little soft on his feet when he woke up, and so was even more pleased with his luck today. After eating breakfast, he simply lay back on the big bed.
Thinking about yesterday’s events, Luo XiaoLou asked 125 to take out the original Luo XiaoLou’s notebooks and books. These things that could easily cause certain triggers, Luo XiaoLou gave them all to 125.
Since Luo ChengYun had problems, he couldn’t expose them, so he wanted to see what the old Luo XiaoLou had done, or if he could find any clues.
The top one was the diary that had made Yuan Xi lose his temper with him.
[I didn’t realize until now that this was the truth. The world is already divided into classes, and one really shouldn’t expect things that don’t belong to one’s self, or that are above one’s station. In addition to the regret of this life, I have no other attachment to care about things. May I never see you again in my next life, Ling Xu.]
Luo XiaoLou read the words once more, ‘the truth’? What truth? Luo XiaoLou frowned and started looking through the others. What remained were several books, and Luo XiaoLou even flipped through each page looking for the previous Luo XiaoLou’s notes.
On the inside cover of one book, Luo XiaoLou found another notebook, very thin and of mediocre quality, no match for the first one, but full of writing.
Luo XiaoLou immediately took it out and read it over carefully, starting from when he met Ling Xu. This book was written from the time when Ling Xu and Luo XiaoLou met. Most of the pages were devoted to expressing his secret love for Ling Xu, and occasionally would record the trivial things that happened that day, even if only able to take a glance at Ling Xu, he would be excited and happy for a long time.
To Luo XiaoLou’s surprise, the Luo XiaoLou in the diary had never confided in Ling Xu. But from the way the two got along with each other in the diary, he could see that Luo XiaoLou was too obvious and unaware of his own feelings. What was strange was that even Ling Xu, too, was very ambiguous.
Luo XiaoLou was dripping with sweat as he read. It was fortunate that Yuan Xi hadn’t read it, otherwise he would have been furious.
The diary wasn’t much, and it was quickly finished. The diary recorded up until his first day in the Luo family, and up until then, there had been no contact with the Luo family at all.
Luo XiaoLou was stunned, then he flipped out the latest diary and found that there was a day missing between the last day of the last one and the date of this one.
Luo XiaoLou picked up the newest notebook and examined it closely, finally realizing that the page recording his despair about the world was not the first page, but the second page. The first page had been carefully torn out, and Luo XiaoLou hadn’t looked at it carefully before, so he hadn’t noticed.
Luo XiaoLou’s heart suddenly moved. He had a strong premonition that the first page was the so-called truth, and the reason why the original Luo XiaoLou committed suicide. The biggest possibility was that Ling Xu had struck Luo XiaoLou, but at that time Luo XiaoLou was still in the Luo family, and Ling Xu had come over here to meet with Luo XiaoLou?
“125, help me find out where the first page is.” Luo XiaoLou pushed 125, who was in more of an older man’s posture than he was.
After a quick glance, 125 said, “There’s no first page here, and there are no fingerprints on it other than yours, so you should have torn it off yourself.”
Luo XiaoLou was stunned, and then had a disappointed expression. 125 came back with, “However, based on the marks on the second page, I can reproduce the first page.”
Luo XiaoLou was pleasantly surprised and urged, “Quickly, I – I want to look at it again. I forgot a lot of things.” Luo XiaoLou didn’t want to explain to 125 that he had changed, since it made no sense at all.
125 stared at the second page with both eyes for a moment, then put his paws on an electronic book. Immediately a paragraph of text appeared on it, and even the notes were all from the previous Luo XiaoLou.
Luo XiaoLou looked down at it carefully while his heart rose higher and higher, and it read.
[Ever since I came to the Luo’s house, I felt out of sorts all over the place. And after falling asleep I would wake up repeatedly, and every time I woke up I wanted to go to the building across the street. I didn’t know what was there, so deeply drawn to me.
It was three o’clock in the morning when I woke up again, and when I opened my eyes I found myself standing barefoot on the grass downstairs, and I was only ten meters away from the building.
I was terrified, I don’t know when I had more sleepwalking problems, but my feet felt cold. But as I tried to leave, I noticed some kind of noise coming from the dark villa building across the street. It was a very strange screaming sound that I was sure I had never heard before. And, with that horrible, disgusting sound, my head began to hurt.
I crouched down with my head in my hands, and when I was able to stand up again, I wondered if I could actually see anything in the villa building! Through those thick walls, I saw the furnishings in the room. It was lavish furniture I had never seen before, home robots, etc. I looked greedily, and then I saw the only room with lights on.
It was a study, and since it wasn’t in the front of the villa building, you couldn’t see any light from outside, so I was wondering if the quiet villa building was empty just now.
There was only one man in the study, a strapping figure, with a look somewhat similar to the Luo family young master I saw today during the day. I was shocked, this was probably the man I should call father.
To think that he hated me and didn’t care about us mother and son. I instinctively shrank back and hid behind a shrub, thinking that this way he wouldn’t notice me, when in fact there was no way he could know I was out there.
It occurred to me why I could see inside? It was simply impossible, and eventually I came to the conclusion that this was supposed to be a dream I was having, but it just seemed too real.
I looked again at the desk this man was working on, it was filled with data that I couldn’t quite understand, my studies themselves were not very good. But then the man I’m going to call my father put up a recording video, and I watched it for a while out of curiosity, only to realize that I’d accidentally seen the last thing I should have seen.
The man was actually experimenting on his own son, who, although he said he was an adopted son, was actually the same child he had with another woman.
Over the years he and this adopted son had lived in this separate villa building and quietly conducted various experiments. I couldn’t quite make sense of them, but most of them were sonic induced experiments where he seemed to want to induce a gene.
It was when he wrote the words exotic beast in bright red pen that I really started to get scared. I wanted to go back, but my curious nature kept me seeing it to the end. He had a son with a woman who carried the exotic beast gene, and that son so far had no exotic beast pedigree, so he’d been trying to induce it all these years. Only when the exotic beast trait appeared could the next step in the experiment begin.
I couldn’t help but peek at the details of the next experiment, and I almost fainted from shock. At this moment, the man suddenly turned to look over at me, and I immediately covered my eyes and crouched on the ground, not daring to move.
Not daring to stay there, I used the cover of the flowering tree to crawl back from the ground to where I lived. No, I have to ask my mother to leave with me, it’s too scary here.
I want to go to my mother in the middle of the night, but I’m afraid I’ll wake up someone. That’s when I heard her say, ‘Although Xiaolou was brought up by me, he is not my own son after all. All these years, I’ve thought about you almost every day. Great, we can finally be together.’
I was blinded, and it took me a long time to digest what my mother had said. It turned out that she wasn’t my mother and I was secretly switched. The thought of Luo ShaoFan immediately snapped me awake, and that was – that was the one being experimented on!
Me, I’m the son of the lady with the exotic beast gene!
No, no, don’t experiment on me! I was scared out of my mind, and in one night I no longer had a home, a family, and even an additional secret that made my life a living hell.
I took my chances and sat with my eyes open until dawn, but it really wasn’t a dream.
No, I didn’t want to die, but I didn’t want to be used for that kind of experiment! I can tell Ling Xu that he said he will help me, even if I don’t have any origin, even if I don’t go back to the Luo family, I can only ask him to help me in this world. He will definitely help me.
The diary was gone here, and then there was the second page, filled with a desperate paragraph.
This was the truth of what was said on the second page, probably when Luo XiaoLou was triggered by a part of the exotic beast gene by the induced sound waves in Luo ChengYun’s villa, and the things he saw were seen through the Source of Consciousness force.
Luo XiaoLou guessed that Ling Xu hadn’t helped the poor man who had just learned the shocking secret of being rejected. So then he clearly saw Ling Xu’s feelings and with the truth he knew, it was too horrible for him, so he chose to kill himself.
Luo XiaoLou sighed, which explained why the effective utilization rate of making those first level parts was so high when he first came over. Placing the diaries back in 125, Luo XiaoLou scratched his hair.
It seemed that the old Luo XiaoLou hadn’t really had much interaction with Luo ChengYun other than knowing the truth. So had he said anything to Ling Xu at all?