Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Luo XiaoLou was shocked and immediately ran in Ivan’s direction while shouting, “125, see what’s going on?”
125 not-so-happily retrieved his attention from the giant tree he’d just been in and chattered, “What can it be, there’s only two or three kittens around here – oh! No! Ivan’s in danger! Quick, left front, thirty meters!” The 125’s voice rose sharply.
Luo XiaoLou’s heart became even more anxious, pulled out the very unsettling looking gun, and rushed to the scene of the accident.
A two to three meters tall brown beast was standing there, hissing with its red eyes and sharp teeth, as if it was about to pounce. Ivan was not far away from the beast, but the arm-thin green vine that was wrapped around Ivan’s neck was the biggest danger to him.
Ivan held the Poly Dagger in one hand, and gripped the vine around his neck with the other, his face already red.
125 shouted, “Quick, go save the others first!”
The tiger-like beast, as soon as Luo XiaoLou appeared, suddenly took a step backwards and lay down on the ground. Luo XiaoLou swept a glance at the beast, and his heart was moved, but he didn’t care about it, and ran towards Ivan.
At that time, the vines on Ivan’s neck became tighter and tighter, and Ivan couldn’t hold on for more than a few minutes.
Luo XiaoLou raised his hand, and the Source of Consciousness power gathered into a thread and quickly wrapped around the thick vine, severing it.
Luo XiaoLou gasped for breath, his head was sweating and his face was pale, this was certainly not due to excessive consumption of Source of Consciousness. In fact, he had not used much Source of Consciousness. Luo XiaoLou’s Source of Consciousness had been used to process materials and make parts, but he hadn’t developed any other use for it besides helping Yuan Xi in the last crisis.
Luo XiaoLou sat on the ground and held Ivan on his lap. After a simple first aid treatment, Ivan jerked awake, coughed twice, and held his neck with his hands. His eyes were filled with pain and fear, but he managed to hold back the tears from falling.
Luo XiaoLou completely relaxed and treated Ivan’s neck with the therapeutic device before touching his head and saying gently, “It’s okay.”
Ivan slowly stopped trembling unconsciously and suddenly hugged Luo XiaoLou hard, burying his head in Luo XiaoLou’s arms.
Luo XiaoLou was stunned for a moment, then laughed and hugged Ivan’s thin body. The child was probably terrified. Although usually fierce, he was, after all, only eleven or twelve years old.
Then Ivan moved in his arms and said sullenly, “I was scared, I just got tangled in a snake vine when escaping the spotted beast, and I …… thought I’d never see Arthur again, I’d die here.”
“But you didn’t, you will live a good life and will grow up passionately and healthily to be a hero like Arthur.” Luo XiaoLou comforted the fragile teenager.
“No!” The child in his arms suddenly raised his voice, startling Luo XiaoLou, but Ivan didn’t look up, remaining buried in his chest and barking, “You don’t understand at all! Few people survive after encountering a snake vine. Their alias is man-eating vines, and they are so hard that they can’t be cut without a weapon powerful enough to cut them. For everyone’s safety, Arthur and the others had disposed of all the snake vines nearby. I didn’t even know there was such a big one around here – Ah! Wait!”
Ivan looked up from Luo XiaoLou’s arms with a bruised face, then immediately screamed, “You big idiot, why are you still within hunting range of the snake vine?! Can’t you carry me to safety! Do you know-” Ivan’s voice stopped abruptly, as if he had been strangled again.
Luo XiaoLou’s ears hurt from his shout, and he muttered in dissatisfaction, “I was just concerned about saving you, but now I’m at least your savior… ” When Luo XiaoLou turned around, his voice also disappeared automatically.
Except for the vine that bound Ivan and was still dragging on the ground, the huge vines that had been lush and green just between the bushes were gone.
The tree stood straight and innocent without the snake vines, and the sunlight fell from its branches and leaves, sprinkling the ground like a bright and beautiful painting, as if those horrible snake vines had never existed.
Luo XiaoLou coughed, deliberately ignoring the thick green tail that was exposed at the corner of the tree and pretended to be surprised, “Look, where is it as bad as you say? There is just that one, and it won’t be dangerous any more.”
125, that bastard, don’t be so dramatic! Is it going to send those terrifying snake vines into space! God, how the hell did it remove all those vines in there!
Ivan opened his mouth wide and stared at it for a long while, muttering, “Absolutely no way.”
But Luo XiaoLou deadpanned that it looked like this when he’d arrived, and Ivan had nothing to say. He was even beginning to suspect that he had been hallucinating because of the danger.
“So, how did you save me? And how did you chase away that spotted beast?” Ivan drifted back from his fear and eyed Luo XiaoLou suspiciously, then got off of Luo XiaoLou as if nothing had happened, deciding to completely forget about his recent display of vulnerability.
“The beast?” Luo XiaoLou looked up awkwardly at the beast he had forgotten. Ivan also saw the beast lying there like a house cat and almost jumped up in shock.
The beast’s eyes swept up at Ivan’s action and immediately shot out a fierce light, growling lowly. Finally, it looked at Luo XiaoLou again, but made no other movement, still lying on the ground.
At this moment, the grass moved and a small thing poked its head out.
“Ah, there’s actually a small one.” Ivan exclaimed, and suddenly understood why the spotted beast had attacked him. Because with a young one, the adult spotted beast would want to destroy any creature around that would threaten the little spotted beast.
The young kitten-like spotted beast licked its mother’s fur and then shivered as it ran over to Luo XiaoLou, not big enough to distinguish friend from foe. The big spotted beast fidgeted and sprang to its feet, taking two uneasy steps forward but still lying down again, only staring at Luo XiaoLou with pleading in its eyes.
Luo XiaoLou looked down at the little thing swinging with one paw hanging from his trouser leg, swept a glance at the petrified Ivan, plucked the little beast off and tossed it back to the spotted beast, which looked at Luo XiaoLou, picked up the little spotted beast in its mouth and quickly turned away.
“You-” Ivan looked at Luo XiaoLou in shock.
Luo XiaoLou was embarrassed. Should he say that he was a lion tamer? Even if Ivan believed it, would Arthur? He tried to look at Ivan in a friendly way and said, “Hey, boy, I’m your savior, and I hope you don’t tell anyone else about what just happened.”
Ivan took a long time to digest before letting out a breath and mumbling, “I find this hard…”
“How about I make dinner after…?” Luo XiaoLou enticed.
“It’s delicious even if I make it myself, and you’re going to work at Bai Heng’s.” Ivan snorted.
“Then I’ll send you an energy box?” Luo XiaoLou struggled to think of anything that could tempt Ivan, he was really broke now since the damn pirate leader had thrown away his communicator.
Ivan’s eyes lit up and then looked at Luo XiaoLou suspiciously, “How can you afford an Energy Box when you’re so poor?”
Luo XiaoLou laughed and suggested, “Well, you buy the materials and I’ll make sure you get an Energy Box.” Luo XiaoLou noticed that most of the materials here were exceptionally cheap, while things like box lunches, Energy Boxes, and mecha parts were surprisingly expensive.
Ivan was stunned for a few seconds, then surprise appeared on his face, but finally he pressed the corners of his mouth that curled upwards to bargain with Luo XiaoLou, “I want two of them, and I want three hundred Luo each!” He could usually only get the lowest level of fifty Luo.
Luo XiaoLou narrowed his eyes, “Deal!”
Because of the dangerous incident that had just happened, Luo XiaoLou carried Ivan back to the transport truck. Before the accident, Ivan had found half a truckload of edible things, and Ivan was looking at Luo XiaoLou brightly, wondering if he thought of Luo XiaoLou as a big hero.
Luo XiaoLou was touching the stone on his chest as he drove, cursing in his heart, that only collector fatty!
“Hey, even though you won’t let me say it, this is just so cool! It was a spotted beast. Even a lone wolf is afraid of it! You actually managed to get it to leave, and also, the snake vine was willing to listen to you. Ah! You’re actually an angel right?” Ivan’s words shocked Luo XiaoLou into nearly crashing his car into a tree.
And with Ivan’s words, behind the two of them where they couldn’t see, the only front section of the snake vine thrown by the 125 suddenly shattered into powder.
Luo XiaoLou hadn’t spoken yet, but Ivan had said to himself again, “You must be the ugliest angel on God’s side, too.”
“…You’re thinking too much,” Luo XiaoLou said in a curt tone.
Because of the incident they had just witnessed, both of them paid careful attention to their surroundings. At this time, the screams of wild animals suddenly appeared in front of them, and the wind brought the smell of blood.
Ivan’s face changed, “No good, the smell of blood will attract forest wolves. They are all in packs, and it will be bad if we are surrounded.”
Luo XiaoLou froze and was hesitating to change course when he saw a black shadow in the woods from a distance. It was Arthur’s mecha.
“Looks like it won’t be so bad, Arthur’s coming for you.” Luo XiaoLou pulled the car over to the side of the road.
As Ivan had said, the smell of blood drew more ferocious giant beasts to surround Arthur. The occasional beast that spotted Luo XiaoLou and the others was also attracted to Arthur’s particle gun fire.
Ivan looked forward with excitement, while Luo XiaoLou was more and more frightened. He had to admit that Arthur was a superb fighter. However, that kind of movement, that kind of speed, simply couldn’t be done by a Level 3 mecha, even if Arthur’s level was good.
In such a small space, to be able to move with such agility, Yuan Xi might not even be able to do it.
After another wail, the last of the huge beasts surrounding Arthur fell, and the black mecha covered in the beast’s blood slowly walked over. As he moved, that great pressure even made Luo XiaoLou think of retreating.
Luo XiaoLou leaned back against the driver’s seat of the transport vehicle, and his fingers gripped the console tightly before he came to his senses. Arthur wasn’t going to do anything to them.
This was the pirate leader’s true strength, and it was so strong it was frightening.
The bloodthirsty mecha stopped not far from them, then the cockpit opened and Arthur jumped down, a little wildess in his smile.
Ivan yelped in surprise and rushed out to hug Arthur.
Arthur picked him up by the back of his neck collar and spun him around a few times before slapping him on the ass, “I told you not to come out on your own! A lot of dangerous beasts have been gathering outside the city lately for some reason. But you had to run out.”
Ivan pursed his lips and glanced at Luo XiaoLou in the driver’s seat of the transport vehicle, retorting in a low voice, “I didn’t come out by myself.”
Arthur smirked and looked over as well, “Does it make a difference with or without him?”
“…… ” Your sister! Without me, your little Ivan couldn’t wait for you, the hero, to come over and save the day.
With a twinkle in his eye, Ivan hugged Arthur with a smile and said, “Arthur, thank goodness you came over, I love you the most.”
Luo XiaoLou and 125 both stared at Ivan in shock, and 125 suddenly said to Luo XiaoLou in a strange accent, “So a child has to be so pampered. Ahem, Luo XiaoLou, I love you the most~.”
Luo XiaoLou trembled hard, that soul-satisfying tail and tone of voice…
Arthur led the two of them back, and sure enough, with Arthur there, they never encountered anything more. And Ivan kept his promise to Luo XiaoLou and didn’t say anything.
Luo XiaoLou silently asked 125, “Do you think that was a level 3 mecha? I always feel something is wrong.”
125 quietly said, “It’s indeed a tertiary mecha, but not an ordinary tertiary mecha. Although it’s not strictly a biological mecha yet, it carries biological genes and is already a prototype of a biological mecha.”
Luo XiaoLou was startled, then a fervent light appeared in his eyes, gazing at the black mecha without turning away. That was a biological mecha, the mecha he had always wanted to make for Yuan Xi.
After a long while, Luo XiaoLou suddenly said, “I want to stay here for a few more days, to meet that Master Maku and see if I can learn from him how to make a biological mecha.”
Naturally, 125 was happy to do so. It had just discovered that this place was a paradise for materials.
The next day, after Luo XiaoLou had finished packing up the documents assigned by Bai Heng, he applied to leave early again. Following Luo XiaoLou’s request, Ivan used his own coffers to buy all the materials and gave them to Luo XiaoLou solemnly.
Luo XiaoLou looked at the child’s expectant eyes, smiled and said, “I’ll give it to you in three days, don’t worry.”
Luo XiaoLou mainly had no money, and he almost wanted to carry all the cheap and good materials back.
They passed by a crowded square where quite a few people had gathered. Ivan took Luo XiaoLou by the arm and stood there looking at it with interest as well.
“What are you looking at?” Luo XiaoLou collected his attention from the material store not far away and stopped in confusion.
“Hey, why didn’t you even know. It’s a rerun of the awards ceremony for this mecha contest, first through tenth place!” Ivan said excitedly and proudly.
Luo XiaoLou was startled, stopped and looked up.
On the huge screen, the host was excitedly announcing the names of the mecha warriors who had come up.
Luo XiaoLou looked over his shoulder and saw a number of people he knew.
First, Yuan Xi; second, the officer who bought his eighth grade part; third, Shao Rong; fourth, Luo ShaoTian; fifth, Yue Shang; sixth, Ling Xu; seventh, Baby Face; eighth and ninth were unknown, and the tenth was Yuan Nuo.
Luo XiaoLou kept looking at Yuan Xi as the host announced the names, and even though it was only ten days, it felt like a long time.
Movingly, 125 said, “I find I’m almost starting to miss Yuan Xi, even though he’s always so rude.”
On the screen, Yuan Xi walked to the podium, and the presenters, who were clearly much more excited than the recipients, who said their congratulations to Yuan Xi, and then asked Yuan Xi, the winner, to say a few words to everyone. Yuan Xi took the trophy and award in his hands, swept them towards the stage, and then quietly said, “I wanted the person I like to be here, and then personally hand my trophy and prize to him, but unfortunately he did not come.”
For a moment, that champion looked unusually silent.
There was silence for a second, and then screams rang out. Even the people in the square were moved with cheers.
“That person must be very happy.” Luo XiaoLou heard someone say excitedly. He no longer knew what he was feeling.
“Yeah, the news the day before yesterday already revealed that Yuan Xi is our Imperial Prince. He’s the dream and ideal of so many young boys and girls of every planet throughout the Federation. Even if I were to look at him from afar, I’d faint with happiness.” Another one said, looking at the screen in fascination.
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Thanks to the girls and gays who left comments and have been supportive.
–mn, Yuan Xi will be here soon and XiaoLou will grow up too.