Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Luo XiaoLou was dumbfounded when he saw Yuan Xi on the big screen, and the news on it made him unable to regain consciousness. Every expression on Yuan Xi’s face caught his eyes. He hadn’t known that he would miss him so much. A big part of him felt especially lonely in this moment.
He had no idea, unknowingly, that Yuan Xi had had such a big effect on him. And now that overbearing and arrogant guy was saying in front of all the Federation people that he liked him.
“Oh my god, Yuan Xi is actually a prince and he didn’t even tell you!” 125 exclaimed.
“It’s a tragedy! Now, if I want to be with him, I’ll have to work even harder. But he was hiding something so important from me-” Luo XiaoLou muttered and complained as he stared at Yuan Xi with the same fascination as the young girls around him, unable to take his eyes off him for a second.
“Yeah, just as much as you’ve been hiding from him!” 125 picked up the conversation, completely unaware of his foster’s somewhat annoyed expression.
After a pause of a second or two, 125 said with a flourish, “But that’s good! He’s finally slightly worthy of your status. By and large, you’re considered one of Blue Origin Star’s most powerful family’s descendant, and could be a royal heir to the throne in the future. If you lowered yourself to marry a human Federation prince, well, it’s a bit of a slight loss. But love is always so great that it makes you dizzy. Don’t worry, I’ll support you!”
“….” So, your usual dog-blooded idol drama has finally come in handy?
While the two of them were watching the screen like they were drunk and occasionally exchanging opinions, Luo XiaoLou’s sleeve was pulled hard, and then Ivan yelled, “Come on, the awards ceremony is over, and now it’s just a profile of the winners. There’s nothing to see, we have to get back to work.”
Ivan looked twitchingly at Luo XiaoLou, who continued to stare at the big screen, and then at the screaming girls around him as if they were the same, and dragged Luo XiaoLou away with a slightly humiliating effort.
It wasn’t until he turned the corner and couldn’t see the big screen at all that Luo XiaoLou reluctantly withdrew his gaze, and only after a while did he exclaim with joy, “I never thought that after all this time, I would still be able to see the live broadcast-“
Ivan interrupted Luo XiaoLou in a bad mood, “I say, that’s enough from you. If I were you, I would never have that kind of delusion. Of course, the same goes for that bunch of people just now. There’s no shortage of people like you in the Star Alliance. You know, he’s the king’s only son, and his future prince consort will be a national beauty. Think of our current queen.”
Saying that, Ivan glanced at Luo XiaoLou as well and said with a little sympathy, “Even if the prince really thinks otherwise and wants to choose an average person, the likes of you are too – ahem, so you’d better die before it’s too late. That prince will be eighteen years old later this year, so he can get married. For the sake of the Federation’s stable unity, I really hope he gets married soon.”
Luo XiaoLou was stunned again. Yuan Xi had said that if he got first place, he wanted Luo XiaoLou to go home with him to meet his parents and have a wedding ceremony, and Yuan Xi had been serious…
Luo XiaoLou’s guilt had just risen when Ivan said, “I heard that when the prince returned to the capital, many of the Planet’s nobles and their children rushed over, hoping to get to know the prince through the royal ball. I heard that the most beautiful girl in the Federation, Viviane, also went there. I don’t know which one will be chosen by the Queen. Actually, even if they can’t become the prince’s consort, they can become the prince’s lover. I guess they’re willing.”
He actually wanted a lover?! Luo XiaoLou immediately became angry. Ivan sensed Luo XiaoLou’s emotions and with a pitying glance at Luo XiaoLou, he comforted Luo XiaoLou, “Alright, you’re so honest and hardworking, and you know how to cook, you’ll definitely marry.”
“……” Wait! Why do you call it a marriage? Luo XiaoLou was still shocked by his own imagination when he thought of Yuan Xi in his wedding attire, even if Yuan Xi’s face was perfect.
When the two of them returned, it was almost time for dinner. Luo XiaoLou had cooked a few dishes in anticipation of Ivan’s arrival, and Ivan had just sat down at the table, while Luo XiaoLou was preparing the last soup, when the door was pushed open.
“Arthur!” exclaimed Ivan in surprise, “You’re back!”
Arthur was talking to the people behind him when he opened the door, but stopped and sniffed afterwards and laughed, “It seems I came back at the right time. I was thinking of taking you guys out to eat after seeing how frightened you were.”
Ivan laughed twice and automatically moved chairs for them, and behind Arthur, Luen, Li, and Bai Heng all followed in.
With four more adults eating at once, Luo XiaoLou simply brought up all the stewed meat in the pot, which was intended to be eaten tomorrow.
Ivan was even more proud of himself, as he had brought all the vegetables and meat back, thanks to Arthur, of course.
At the end, Ivan also cared about Luo XiaoLou and said to Arthur, “Arthur, although he’s ugly, he’s not a bad person and he’s a good cook. If you want to keep him, there must be someone under you who doesn’t have a wife yet.”
Bai Heng coughed, Li glared at him, while Arthur and Luen immediately turned to look at Luo XiaoLou.
The ribs in Luo XiaoLou’s hand fell into the soup. Had he fallen so low that he needed Ivan to sell him off? Luo XiaoLou narrowed his eyes at Ivan and said angrily, “Thanks, but I already have a sweetheart.”
Ivan stared blankly and opened his mouth, not speaking.
After dinner, Arthur left with the others satisfied, and smiled meaningfully at Luo XiaoLou before leaving.
The next day, Luo XiaoLou took Ivan’s materials to Bai Heng’s place. Bai Heng arranged the task and then quickly left again. Tomorrow was the Mecha Parts Exchange Meeting, and he was in a hurry today.
Using Source of Consciousness to detect that there was no one around, Luo XiaoLou let 125 out and first processed the materials as quickly as possible, then Luo XiaoLou took out Ivan’s small packet of materials. He said to Luo XiaoLou, who was looking at 125 blankly, rubbing his paws, “Help me make a few Energy Boxes. You can handle a lot of materials at once anyway.”
Luo XiaoLou’s eyes lit up, hugged and kissed 125, and said, “I’ve thought of it. I can make Energy Boxes to sell for money and then buy materials. The materials here are really good value for the money.”
125 blushed for a long while before coughing and saying, “Okay-okay, when you’re done, I’ll pick the first one and sell the rest.” It- it wasn’t because Luo XiaoLou kissed him that it would give up its stuff. It was simply because Luo XiaoLou’s materials were its materials. Mn, that’s all!
Luo XiaoLou was busy from ten o’clock to lunch time. He consumed half of his Source of Consciousness. 125 picked out a large portion of the Energy Boxes, and finally twenty were left. They had been easy to identify, as only twenty of them were 5,000 Luo Energy Boxes, which happened to be Level 3 Mecha Energy Boxes in circulation. All the rest were over 30,000 Luo, and the only two higher than that were also thrown to 125 by Luo XiaoLou, who didn’t want to expose too much.
The only two that Luo XiaoLou gave to Ivan were two 5,000 Luo Energy Boxes. Although the kid had only asked for 300 Luo, it was a bit difficult for Luo XiaoLou to make any that low. He’d just treat it as a surprise for him.
Luo XiaoLou opened the door to the studio and found that Bai Heng hadn’t come out to eat lunch either. He seemed to be really nervous about the match. Luo XiaoLou ate his own lunch that someone else had brought over and went to knock on Bai Heng’s studio door. Bai Heng opened it with a tired face and looked at Luo XiaoLou in confusion.
“Is there anything I can help you with? I suggest you better eat lunch first.” Luo XiaoLou suggested sincerely with his ugly face.
Looking at the face, Bai Heng found himself not at all as annoyed as he had been on the first day he met him, and he even began to wonder what kind of face was underneath the mask. Hesitantly, Bai Heng nodded, “Fine, if you’re done with your materials, come over to my workroom this afternoon and help out.” Saying that, he walked out of the workroom.
Even though he knew that Luo XiaoLou processed the materials fast and well, Bai Heng didn’t add any more tasks to Luo XiaoLou, which were already impossible for others to complete. What’s more, Li and Arthur didn’t know how to negotiate and still wouldn’t let Luo XiaoLou be paid.
After eating, Bai Heng brought Luo XiaoLou into his studio. He snuck a glance at Luo XiaoLou and noticed that Luo XiaoLou didn’t look particularly happy and nodded in secret. Ordinary mecha makers would not allow outsiders to enter or leave their workshop, and their working procedures and methods were their own secrets. Especially for senior mecha makers and masters, they wouldn’t allow outsiders to freely watch them.
“Mn, is it okay to process these materials into simple parts? If you can’t, I can teach you.” Bai Heng asked.
Since Luo XiaoLou was so skilled in handling materials, and had probably worked as an assistant for a mecha maker, these things shouldn’t be difficult for him, and even if Luo XiaoLou couldn’t, he could still train him slowly in the future.
In the past few days, seeing how down-to-earth and diligent Luo XiaoLou was, Bai Heng couldn’t help but start to think, if he kept Luo XiaoLou, it seemed like a good choice.
Luo XiaoLou looked twice, and then understood that Bai Heng wanted to make the engine, and compared to other mecha parts, the engine was arguably the most complicated. Choosing the engine at the AC was indeed a good choice.
Luo XiaoLou nodded his head. He would control the time, and not do it too fast, and would only make ten parts. Looking at the parts Bai Heng put aside, he was afraid that he would need a few trials to make ones he was satisfied with, and preparing a few extra was never a bad thing.
Although Bai Heng was surprised by Luo XiaoLou’s speed, he didn’t have time to think too much, so he simply brought those simple but tedious small parts for Luo XiaoLou to prepare, and prepared the more complicated ones himself.
Luo XiaoLou helped Bai Heng prepare ten of each. After completing the small accessories Bai Heng explained, Luo XiaoLou took a glance at the materials on the table, and took the grey silver ore he had dealt with yesterday.
Bai Heng was stunned and looked up at Luo XiaoLou. Although the accessories made from the grey silver ore were not very difficult, they were too demanding, and he had planned to make them himself.
Luo XiaoLou immediately said, “I’ve helped make this kind of accessory, so you can leave it to me.”
Bai Heng hesitated and nodded. He had actually completed several engines, and both Li and Luen felt that they were already very good, but he still wasn’t too satisfied. These were not going to get the top three, and if they didn’t get in the top three, he wouldn’t be able to see Master Maku, and they wouldn’t be able to get another mecha. For the sake of the pirate group, he had to work hard.
Luo XiaoLou took a long time this time, and after making ten small parts, he said, “I probably won’t be able to help with the rest, so if there’s nothing else, I’ll leave first.”
Bai Heng nodded, he was already surprised that Luo XiaoLou had taken the initiative to come over to help.
Luo XiaoLou looked at the time, it was 3:30 in the afternoon, it wasn’t too late to go back now. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to help Bai Heng anymore, he had already observed that among the accessories that Bai Heng had made himself, perhaps he himself hadn’t even noticed that the one that had the worst effect but played the most crucial role was the one from the Grey Silver Mine. Next, it was absolutely fine to rely on Bai Heng himself.
When Luo XiaoLou opened the door, Bai Heng suddenly said, “Right, tomorrow morning you come over, and I’ll take you to the Mecha Parts Exchange.”
Seeing Luo XiaoLou’s surprised and confused gaze, Bai Heng laughed, “You took the initiative to come over to help, I can let you come with me, I guess.”
Luo XiaoLou’s eyes curled up and smiled, “I’ll come over, thanks.”
Seeing that smile, Bai Heng’s own mood improved as well. He didn’t hate Luo XiaoLou, on the contrary, he liked Luo XiaoLou’s personality and abilities, and helping out a little wasn’t too much of a favor. Besides, as long as they were a mecha maker or a related industry, who wouldn’t want to go to an exchange?
After Luo XiaoLou left, Bai Heng worked for another half an hour and finally prepared all the accessories, then took a deep breath and started to assemble again.
Bai Heng looked at the five engines in front of him and raised his eyebrows in slight surprise. Probably, it was possible to get through, but it had been so smooth, it seemed a bit exaggerated.
Luo XiaoLou left the workshop in a happy mood. Everything went smoothly, and only by going along could he have the chance to meet the master and learn about the bio-mecha. Luo XiaoLou smiled so much that his eyes narrowed at the thought of the bio-mecha he would make and give to Yuan Xi, who was so awkward.
Luo XiaoLou touched his chest, where feelings that had never been there before swirled. For the sake of this feeling, he was willing to give and work hard. Even with a personality like his, there were things that he could never give up easily.
When Luo XiaoLou went back, Ivan was practicing with his energy dagger at the back of the house, his face tightly tensed, his movements fast, and his strength tremendous. Luo XiaoLou secretly marveled that the people here were really surprisingly strong.
Luo XiaoLou smilingly took out two Energy Boxes and handed them to him. Ivan didn’t expect to get the Energy Boxes so quickly, and immediately looked them over in surprise.
When he saw the numbers on it, he stared at the Energy Boxes in his hand in amazement.
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Thanks to all the girls and gays who left comments and support.
Today the author is slagging again and is late OML.
In the next few updates, Yuan Xi will catch Luo XiaoLou.