Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Editor: Sulo wanna smack somebody :’)
What the author has to say:
In fact, as a mother, I-I am not mean to my babies? ……OML, I obviously prefer slow building.
Luo XiaoLou was shocked, he hadn’t expected this to happen at all and could only say in a rush, “But, but, I can help you, I’m your mecha maker, aren’t I?”
In his haste, Luo XiaoLou forgot that Yuan Xi was still in a cold war with him. He didn’t even keep his distance anymore and his entire body leaned in front of Yuan Xi.
Yuan Xi put down the glass in his hand and turned his head to look at Luo XiaoLou with obvious concern, his dark eyes turned from Luo XiaoLou and then he said calmly, “Cloudy Sky has been sent away.”
For the first time ever, Luo XiaoLou was so disgusted with Yuan Xi’s tyranny. He had worked so hard for so long, and then this guy disrupted all his plans with a single word! What’s worse, he felt extremely anxious and disappointed about it. Helping Yuan Xi strengthen Cloudy Sky was so important to him — in fact, it proved nothing else but how much he cared about the person in front of him who was bent on having a cold war with him.
No, it shouldn’t be, Yuan Xi had a bad personality, an overbearing ego, and was always oppressing him from the beginning. It was also Yuan Xi who stayed by his side in the first place, forcibly interfering in his life and completely ignoring how much distress it caused him.
In the past few days, Yuan Xi had even reverted back to the cold and obnoxiously fearful person he had been when they first met.
Luo XiaoLou angrily glared at Yuan Xi and couldn’t help but shout, “What do you mean?! What’s the point of our agreement if you have a problem with your mecha and ask someone else to handle it for you directly? I would understand if I really couldn’t do it, but — I’m obviously right here and you didn’t even say anything to me, that’s disrespectful!”
Yuan Xi was stunned. He looked at Luo XiaoLou who questioned him for a few seconds, and then hesitantly said, “I don’t mean to disrespect you, now but — so what do you want me to do?”
Luo XiaoLou immediately said, “Bring back Cloudy Sky back—”
“No way.” Yuan Xi swiftly interrupted Luo XiaoLou.
Luo XiaoLou squeezed his fist and wanted to smash it in Yuan Xi’s face. Barely suppressing his anger, Yuan Xi was so pliant that Luo XiaoLou had to take a step back first. He couldn’t expect Yuan Xi to change his mind, but Luo XiaoLou decided to try a little harder for the sake of his ten bottles of strengthening agents.
Wondering if he was tired from today’s game or the stress for tomorrow, Yuan Xi poured himself another glass, amber in color and intoxicating in the light. Luo XiaoLou was a little worried that he wouldn’t be able to get the mecha back if Yuan Xi became drunk with his annoying tasting alcohol.
“I think, I can fix it for you, you should let me try…” Luo XiaoLou whispered.
Yuan Xi drained his glass of wine, tugged at his clothes with a grimace, and turned to Luo XiaoLou, “If you’re okay now, you can order dinner, or go run me a bath.”
Luo XiaoLou gritted his teeth as he looked at Yuan Xi, unsure of how to convince him. Then he eyed the red bruises spreading across Yuan Xi’s body from his collar and suddenly recalled that Yuan Xi had been injured in today’s match. It seemed that Yuan Xi didn’t even let the doctor give him a simple treatment.
Luo XiaoLou found he couldn’t focus on anything else when he saw the bruises on Yuan Xi’s body. With a sigh, he simply turned around and took out the healing device from the back room, took Yuan Xi’s shirt off, and began treating him.
The room was quiet, and the chill from Yuan Xi’s body seemed to have disappeared. As Yuan Xi dropped his gaze to look at Luo XiaoLou who was busy in front of him, his face softened. When Luo XiaoLou told him not to move, he suddenly raised his hand and placed it against Luo XiaoLou’s body, touching him from his shoulders and down to his waist, rubbing slowly and gently.
It was a rare act of intimacy that they had not had in the past two days. Luo XiaoLou stiffened for a moment, then pulled down Yuan Xi’s hand and began treating the bruise on his arm.
Although Yuan Xi made him so angry, he didn’t want to see this happen again. While at the hospital, Luo XiaoLou had watched the rest of Yuan Xi’s match, in which Yuan Xi won against Yue Shang and the Baby Face in a Tier 7 backup mecha. And, neither had lost again after that.
Yuan Xi had proven his growth and strength, and even though his mecha was two levels behind Yue Shang’s, and the match was extremely long, he still won. At that moment, Luo XiaoLou, who was lying on the hospital bed, suddenly felt touched that Yuan Xi, who had competed so seriously, had won.
But the next day, Yuan Xi would meet that officer again.
So, taking advantage of the atmosphere that had now become relaxed and warm, Luo XiaoLou whispered unfailingly, “Yuan Xi, listen to me, I want to help you fix Cloudy Sky. I really want —”
Yuan Xi didn’t say anything, but it didn’t look like he was going to change his decision, and Luo XiaoLou was almost desperate.
At such a moment, there were two knocks on the door and Yuan Xi frowned. He made sure Luo XiaoLou’s clothes were tightly wrapped around him first and, not caring at all that he himself was still naked, said, “Come in.”
One of the two men who had just left with Rod was standing at the door. He hesitated when he saw Luo XiaoLou, and then said to Yuan Xi, “The thing you asked for is here.”
That thing seemed to be very important to Yuan Xi. He turned pale, walked over, took a few pages from the man, and quickly scanned them. Then he said, “Okay, I got it.”
Being farther away, Luo XiaoLou couldn’t see Yuan Xi’s emotions.
When that person was about to leave, Yuan Xi suddenly spoke up again, “Bring back Cloudy Sky.”
The man’s expression turned complicated, but he didn’t raise any questions, and after saluting respectfully, he quickly turned around and left.
Luo XiaoLou looked at Yuan Xi in surprise, not understanding why he had suddenly changed his mind. Either way, it was a good thing.
When Yuan Xi handed the white space button to Luo XiaoLou, he was silent for a few seconds, squeezed his hand and then said, “Tomorrow’s match is very important to me.”
“I know, I’m going to the studio now. I should be done in time.” Luo XiaoLou also started to get nervous.
Yuan Xi held him back and said, “I’ll drive you over after dinner.”
They had an early dinner and Yuan Xi dropped Luo XiaoLou off at the studio, saying he would come pick him up later.
After Yuan Xi left, 125 finally dared to come out and cautiously asked, “Have you guys sort of reconciled?”
“I don’t think so.” Luo XiaoLou answered while observing Cloudy Sky. Something was definitely wrong with Yuan Xi’s mood, and Luo XiaoLou had the feeling that it would come to a showdown with him after the tournament.
125 palpably circled around Luo XiaoLou, “But — I think you should make up for the sake of my mental health. I’ve been frightened for the past few days — oh my god, the damage to Cloudy Sky is so bad!”
Luo XiaoLou also had to admit that the damage to Cloudy Sky was much worse than expected. The huge white mecha stood in front of Luo XiaoLou, with a not so insignificant hole on the lower side of its chest, and tiny cracks all around it.
“That part you created is powerful, but it should never have caused such damage to Cloudy Sky. It probably has something to do with Yuan Xi’s operation. Yuan Xi has really had emotional problems these past two days. I knew it from the time he grabbed my tail and threw me out the door that morning!” 125 angrily exclaimed.
“It would be more convincing if you weren’t secretly transporting his liquor that day.” Luo XiaoLou said casually, then asked, “Mn… how much strengthening do you think is appropriate for me to use?”
125 crawled towards the site of trauma and observed, before saying cautiously, “…The more the better.”
Luo XiaoLou then took out all ten remaining bottles of strengthening agents, and mixed them while forming the strengthening plan in his mind.
This was a Tier 8 mecha, so even if Luo XiaoLou was confident, his heart was still inevitably nervous. However, taking a step back, even if he really couldn’t, he’d inform Yuan Xi as soon as possible and at least, wouldn’t cause more damage.
Before Luo XiaoLou reinforced it, 125 climbed up and changed the settings inside so that the exotic beast reaction device inside Cloudy Sky wouldn’t work for a while.
Luo XiaoLou then closed his eyes and began the reinforcement process.
125 felt nervous for the first time, and it even ran to the door to stand guard.
Luo XiaoLou followed his own plan, first wrapping the entirety of Cloudy Sky with his Source of Consciousness, then slowly incorporating the strengthening agent into the destroyed area.
Within the first ten minutes, Cloudy Sky was unresponsive. This was an unprecedented situation that Luo XiaoLou had never encountered before. Luo XiaoLou became sweaty and his heart grew cold, did it fail?
Should I give up early to save time? No, he didn’t want to give up. It had been hard to fight for the opportunity!
Luo XiaoLou kept experimenting with how much Source of Consciousness power the fusion needed in order to work, and after half an hour, Cloudy Sky finally reacted with the strengthening agent!
Maybe it was the problem with the material, or maybe it was the problem with Cloudy Sky’s last reinforcement. In short, the probability of the reinforcer reacting with Cloudy Sky was too low, and this was almost the toughest thing Luo XiaoLou had ever reinforced.
Luo XiaoLou was pleasantly surprised when he found a way to finally start the strengthening. He could hardly wait to see the results with Yuan Xi.
However, Luo XiaoLou had become happy too soon. Because he had already wasted a lot of Source of Consciousness power before, and the difficulty of strengthening the Tier 8 mecha was not comparable to the previous lower level mecha. So in the end, Luo XiaoLou tragically discovered that his Source of Consciousness power was not enough.
He could no longer hope to break through the limit and have his Source of Consciousness power continue to increase, because Luo XiaoLou’s mother had said that the Source of Consciousness power would not continue to increase when it reached the advanced level, and if it did, it would only mean that his life had come to an end.
With only a tenth left to go, Luo XiaoLou looked at the vast majority of what had already been strengthened, thought of the moment when Yuan Xi had been injured, gritted his teeth, and continued to keep strengthening.
By the time it was finally finished, Luo XiaoLou had a numbing headache and his whole body felt like it had been pulled out of water. Moreover, it was as if there was a fire burning in his body, and he was so uncomfortable that Luo XiaoLou suspected that his fever was recurring.
However, looking at Cloudy Sky that emitted a fluorescent white light while standing quietly in front of him, Luo XiaoLou’s mood was truly excited and reassured, and the burden that had been placed on his heart was finally put down.
From a Tier 8 mecha to a top-grade Tier 9 mecha through the process of strengthening! The most powerful mecha that came before a Tier 10! But even in the entire Federation, there had never been a Tier 10 mecha, and even Yue Shang’s mecha was only a mid-tiered Tier 9.
Luo XiaoLou gasped as he looked at the even more perfect Cloudy Sky in front of him.
At this moment, a sharp knock on the door sounded, and both Luo XiaoLou and 125 regained their senses from Cloudy Sky’s success.
125 went over and opened the door, and Yuan Xi seemed distraught as he walked in.
“What’s taking you so long —” Yuan Xi looked up only to see Luo XiaoLou who had fallen to the ground. His face changed and he immediately came over and picked Luo XiaoLou up.