Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Arthur’s ship stopped twice more, but both times Luo XiaoLou was left on board without Arthur even informing him. Luo XiaoLou sensed something was wrong and went to Arthur to find out what was happening.
“As I recall, you were anxious for me to leave immediately before so as not to waste your precious food.”
Arthur was lounging on his bed. Now that there were no more women on the ship who would sleep with him, the warrior woman and her assistant excepted, he’s naturally wondering how he’s going to spend the next few days.
Not surprised to hear Luo XiaoLou’s accusation, he looked at him, “Shouldn’t you show your appreciation? I didn’t leave you in a place like that.”
“……Please forgive me if I don’t see any difference. All I know is that I’m getting farther away from Planet Anse.” Luo XiaoLou stared at Arthur. He was desperate to settle down and fix 125 or find a route back. Even if Arthur now provided his food and clothing, Luo XiaoLou’s tone wasn’t exactly friendly anymore.
“Well, in a couple of days, you’ll be off the ship, I promise.” Arthur said reluctantly, hesitating for a few seconds, “If you don’t feel comfortable sleeping on the floor, you can sleep on the bed. It won’t bother me anyway.”
“I can leave in two days? What kind of a place is it?” Luo XiaoLou ignored Arthur’s last sentence and instead wanted to know more about the place he would be arriving at.
Arthur didn’t let him puzzle it out, and two days later in the evening, Luo XiaoLou got off the ship with him.
All the people from the ship had come down, and there were still many people pouring in from the port, greeting the people who had come down from the ship, and others coming up to help carry things down.
Luo XiaoLou turned to Arthur and asked with a black face, “Is this your stronghold?”
Arthur laughed and carried Luo XiaoLou forward by the back of his neck collar, “Mn, you guessed it, I’ve got my eye on you, so I kidnapped you to bring you here. If you dare to think of running away, be careful or I’ll break your legs.” He said and took two malicious glances at Luo XiaoLou’s small body.
Luo XiaoLou turned pale and was about to say something when he heard a familiar surprised voice, “Oh my god, it’s only been a few days, and you’ve hooked up with someone behind Yuan Xi’s back! He’ll be furious!”
For a moment Luo XiaoLou even thought he was hallucinating, he lifted his hand to his chest and touched it through his clothes and the stone immediately rolled happily.
“You’re awake? What was going on before?” Luo XiaoLou asked eagerly in his consciousness.
“To protect you, of course, Yuan Xi threw you as far away as he could. But there were still bombs nearby, and the shield Yuan Xi gave you ended up shattering – poor shield. I had to divide my energy to protect you, but it was too much for me, so I had to stand by and recuperate. Jesus, what kind of indigenous Planet have you come to?” 125 said and started picking on them, “Look at their equipment, there are still such old weapons in the universe! And their Spiritual Power, it’s just so little, well – but the physical strength is quite developed.”
Luo XiaoLou listened to 125’s chatter, feeling for the first time that 125’s voice was unusually friendly. This felt like when they were still together with Yuan Xi.
The people around them seemed unusually respectful of Arthur, and a number of young people sprang up to greet each other and Arthur, planning the evening’s festivities for their return.
Arthur smiled and turned to Luo XiaoLou, who was about to explode, but was stunned.
Luo XiaoLou was smiling with his head down, his eyes all squinted, silly, but looking – happy.
Wondering why Luo XiaoLou was wearing such an expression, he really didn’t have the pleasure of abusing prisoners before, Arthur shrugged his shoulders, walked to a door, and pushed it open casually.
The people inside immediately cheered in surprise, “Brother Arthur, you’re back!”
Immediately a small figure rushed toward Luo XiaoLou, Arthur and Luen to be exact.
Luo XiaoLou found it to be an eleven or twelve year old boy with curly brown hair, a round face, and green eyes looking at Arthur with adoration and amusement. Arthur touched the boy’s head and with his left hand pulled a poly dagger from somewhere on his body and said with a smile, “Dear Ivan, this is a gift for you.”
Looking at the boy’s blushing cheeks in surprise, Arthur added, “I’m going to a party, so keep an eye on this guy for me.”
The boy called Ivan immediately puffed up his small chest and said loudly, “Brother Arthur don’t worry, I promise to complete the task!”
“You’re ugly.” That was the first thing Ivan said to Luo XiaoLou as he stared at him with a pitying look, then turned to pour water.
Luo XiaoLou sat on the chair designated by Ivan and observed the house. It was large, but not spacious because of the amount of stuff that had been placed in it, and the huge TV hanging on the wall was broadcasting interstellar news about another alien beast found somewhere, and that the capital was welcoming their prince – in short, events that had nothing to do with him.
There were also some large cabinets, and a large round table in the middle of the room. A couple of comfortable high-backed chairs were there, and a large gray and black striped cat was sleeping on them.
A very ordinary but cozy house. Luo XiaoLou scanned the door, but there was no one else in the room but the boy.
“I’d advise you not to get any other ideas. I learned martial arts from Arthur a long time ago, and I’m sure you have no chance of escaping.” Ivan warned, then placed a cup of hot tea in front of Luo XiaoLou, “Here you go, ugly boy.”
“The boy has better stamina than you. Of all my masters, you are the weakest.” 125 was starting to feel sorry for his foster, “But don’t worry, if you want to leave, I’ll help you figure it out.”
“Thanks.” Luo XiaoLou said smiling at Ivan, who was standing in front of him staring at him, while holding up the cup of black tea.
Ivan’s ears turned red and he glared at Luo XiaoLou, turned around and brought another plate of cookies from the cupboard, “What’s your name, I can’t keep calling you ‘ugly’.”
“Well, I’m Ivan, you should have just heard Arthur.” Ivan stared at Luo XiaoLou for a long while before he moved to sit a short distance away from Luo XiaoLou and began to admire his new weapon.
Watching the kid lovingly inspect the poly dagger, Luo XiaoLou silently asked 125, “Now tell me, how are we going to leave? I’ve lost my communicator: no money, no anything.”
125 exclaimed, yelled at Arthur, then said after a moment’s silence, “I’ve got all the materials here, and a few little things I’ve collected, you know, things that don’t trade for money at all, and all sorts of design drawings, high-tech information, the most complete Galaxy charts …… you made Energy Boxes totaling five hundred and sixteen.”
“I shouldn’t worry about your possible lack of Energy,” Luo XiaoLou said weakly. If not particularly unreasonably, he was almost always responsive to 125, including the number of Energy Boxes. And Luo XiaoLou wasn’t aware of the amount 125 had consumed. Now it seemed 125’s vault was much more plentiful than his own and Yuan Xi’s.
“Give me three days to overhaul the enhancements, then you prepare enough food and water so I can take you away.” 125 said smugly, with a tone seeming to say how could you live without me.
“Mn, that’s just great.” Luo XiaoLou said heartily. He had been worried for days, but it was so easy.
“Why are you so physically weak, do you know how to use a dagger?” Ivan couldn’t help but speak to Luo XiaoLou.
“…… Actually where I’m from, I’m still physically capable. Of course I can use a dagger. Your dagger is very good.” Luo XiaoLou said, looking at Ivan, who was an enthusiastic boy.
“Of course, it was given to me by Arthur. Well, you’re physically incapable of even the most basic of hired hands for us, I don’t understand why Arthur brought you back, you can’t support yourself at all.” Ivan eyed Luo XiaoLou critically.
“Don’t you have any other jobs here?” Luo XiaoLou asked, for he was in the mood to learn more about the place, and he had to prepare food for himself.
“You can’t expect to follow Brother Arthur. He won’t take in someone with your physical strength. The weakest of us here have to be above level five in physical strength, and you’re at most level two, right? Most of the jobs here require physical strength.” Ivan said.
At this point, the news ended and music came on the TV. Ivan called out lowly, “I can’t believe it’s that time of day, I’m going to go get dinner ready. You come with me and help me with it.”
So Luo XiaoLou followed the young boy, who claimed to be his host, to the kitchen, which was slightly behind Planet Anse in terms of utensils. There were some vegetables and a few fish on the counter.
“Can you handle it?” Ivan asked as he prepared the dishes.
Luo XiaoLou smiled slightly, “I can help you make dinner.”
Under Ivan’s not-so-trusting gaze, Luo XiaoLou made a four-course meal, which Ivan hurriedly brought to the table. Only after taking a few bites did he remember Luo XiaoLou across the table, blushed slightly, and said, “You should also eat quickly.”
The two of them and one cat ate very happily. Ivan’s attitude shifted somewhat and his tone towards Luo XiaoLou became much better.
After the meal, Luo XiaoLou washed up and changed into the clothes Ivan had found, then was led to a room where Ivan said, “You will live here from now on.”
Luo XiaoLou noted that it was a small guest room that didn’t seem to have a virtual net port in it, then asked, “Where’s Arthur?”
“He lives next door to you, so don’t ever plan on running away or he won’t spare you.” Ivan finished his advice with a yawn and turned to go into his own room.
Before Luo XiaoLou closed his eyes, his mind flashed back to Yuan Xi’s face, silently thinking that he would be back in a few days.
The next day, Luo XiaoLou was awakened by Ivan. He blinked to find both Arthur and Ivan standing in the doorway watching him. Luo XiaoLou sat up in his unusually warm bed, and a large grey cat stretched out from under his blankets and padded slowly out.
125 complained, “It’s fat, and it was rubbing all over me.”
Luo XiaoLou’s mouth trembled, but Ivan called out, “Why is Big Fat here? Doesn’t he only like beauties?”
Arthur laughed and looked Luo XiaoLou up and down.
Luo XiaoLou ignored Arthur and got up to eat breakfast with the two of them. As they were eating, the door was pushed open from outside.
Luo XiaoLou looked up to see Luen and the tall, thin young man named Li, who had been following Arthur around.
Luen remained silent as usual, while Li looked at Luo XiaoLou twice and said, “Since Big Brother brought him back, we can’t let him eat for free. Why don’t we let him follow Bai Heng and fight.”
Arthur and Luen looked at each other, smiled and said, “Okay.”
Ivan leaned a little towards Luo XiaoLou and said, “Brother Arthur, what can he do with this physical strength? He can’t help much at all at Brother Bai Heng’s place.”
Arthur looked at the back of Luo XiaoLou who was being taken away by Li and casually said, “Don’t underestimate him.”
Li was one of the people who had never liked Luo XiaoLou very much, and Luo XiaoLou didn’t understand why. It couldn’t be because he was ugly. Luo XiaoLou was then led into a huge studio, where a young man greeted him with a smile and looked at Li in a pleasant manner.
Li introduced the two of them briefly, and this was Bai Heng, whom Luo XiaoLou was to follow.
Then Luo XiaoLou was sent to the next room.
Li turned to Bai Heng and said, “Boss Arthur doesn’t know what’s going on. He insisted on bringing him back and he seems to have a disguise on his face. I don’t want Boss to be charmed by the people outside. You try to put pressure on him, better let him leave on his own. If that doesn’t work, try not to let him go back at night.”
Bai Heng was stunned, then said, “I’ll take care of it.”
Although Luo XiaoLou didn’t mean to eavesdrop, due to his Source of Consciousness power, he heard their conversation clearly and couldn’t help but roll his eyes.
That day, Bai Heng gave Luo XiaoLou the task of organizing the materials in the warehouse, and he couldn’t leave until he was done.
When no one was around, 125 slipped out and drooled over the materials, “So many materials!, They’re so nice to you…”
However, if Luo XiaoLou used the Source of Consciousness power, organizing those materials would be a trivial matter for him.
So Luo XiaoLou wasn’t in a hurry, he closed his eyes and started to organize. The Source of Consciousness slowly wrapping around those materials.
Before long, he was already a third of the way through, and 125 leaned against the door to keep an eye on things while Luo XiaoLou collected the trimmings he had sorted out and put them into his own storage.
Just as Luo XiaoLou felt the Source of Consciousness getting more and more depleted, there was a sudden pain in his heart, then he blacked out and collapsed. 125 rushed over with his tail up and checked Luo XiaoLou. Everything was fine, Luo XiaoLou had just fainted.
At that moment, there were footsteps outside, and 125 thought about hiding in his necklace.
Yuan Xi opened his eyes and said to the people in front of him, “Father, Mother, I know his approximate location. I will leave tomorrow to look for him.”
One of the people in front of him looked at Yuan Xi with an angry face and said, “You actually made your own decision without informing us about such an important matter? Are you sure he’s the right person to live with you for the rest of your life and that he doesn’t just fancy being with you for who you are?”
Yuan Xi’s face twisted for a moment, before he said sullenly, “Although he secretly likes me, he hasn’t been very willing to be with me. Also, I made the highest level contract myself while he was sleeping.”
The man next to the dark-faced man laughed, “You’re quite similar to your father regarding this point. But since you made your own decision, don’t regret it and don’t give up easily.” After saying that, he turned around and went to the back room.
The momentum of anger on the black-faced man’s face weakened quite a bit as he glared at Yuan Xi and then turned around to follow the man into the back room.
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Thank you to the girls and gays who left comments and have been supportive. Also, I will try to reunite Yuan Xi in 2-3 chapters…