Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Ivan looked at Luo XiaoLou open-mouthed and dumbfounded, but before he could react, the door on Arthur’s side suddenly opened. Arthur leaned against it, looking complicated, and asked, “Are you serious?”
Ivan came back to his senses, and looked nervously at Luo XiaoLou, then tried to make a solemn and serious expression, and said with a few tremors, “I’m going to learn. I’ll definitely try my best!” Then warily confirmed, “You’re not lying to me, are you?”
Luo XiaoLou couldn’t help but laugh, “Of course not, we can start now, if you like.”
That said, Ivan and Arthur were silent again. Ivan didn’t have parents and had been living with Arthur, and learned early, so even he knew that Energy Box’s didn’t come easily, even at the superior Planet.
And in their place, they were even more precious. If one possessed the method to create Energy Boxes, in most lower level Planets, they could walk across the board.
And Ivan was not the same as the rest of the Grey Galaxy. Ivan was Arthur’s man, and Arthur was the head pirate. Among the various pirate powers, he had the best men, the most powerful warriors, and even good brains and strategic vision. If he could also have an endless supply of Energy Boxes, he could do a lot of things.
Luo XiaoLou knew that, of course, but that didn’t gain him anything. And as Ivan had said, Arthur hadn’t done all the bad things, instead he’d done a lot of laudable things. At least he was defending his homeland.
And Arthur, while he would charge astronomical prices for ship tickets, didn’t make things difficult for the people fleeing on the ship. He even saved him, and if Arthur had treated him as invisible, he might not have been able to stand so whole.
However, Luo XiaoLou’s desire to teach Ivan wasn’t to return the favor; he simply liked Ivan.
Most importantly, teaching him to make Energy Boxes was nothing to Luo XiaoLou. What he intended to teach Ivan were the most common Level 3 Energy Box practices in the Federation, and wouldn’t touch his agreement with Kane. These Energy Boxes were readily available everywhere, and even if Ivan didn’t learn, Arthur had a way to get a Level 3 Energy Box, it would just be a lot of work.
“What do you want, or what is your purpose?” Arthur spoke up and Ivan stood beside him, looking at Luo XiaoLou with surprise and hope, not daring to speak at a time like this.
“Materials, the more the better.” Luo XiaoLou’s eyes lit up, although he could have gotten them himself, if Arthur would have sent him ……
“Except for this.” Arthur stared at him intently, no longer concealing his fury and sharpness. As Arthur said this, his right hand rested on Luo XiaoLou’s shoulder.
Luo XiaoLou was sure that if he dared to think otherwise, that hand would quickly snap his neck.
“Apart from the materials, you don’t have anything I want here. If you don’t want to give them to me, I can get them myself …” Luo XiaoLou whispered.
Arthur looked at Luo XiaoLou for a moment, probably judging whether it was true or not, before finally, Arthur smiled brightly with white teeth, and to Luo XiaoLou’s relief Arthur withdrew his right hand that was on his shoulder.
Arthur was back to his usual self, with a slightly wicked smile, but it was definitely not offensive. In fact, the red haired pirate was always dangerous and sexy, not quite like most of the people Luo XiaoLou knew, but just as deadly attractive to teenage girls.
“It better be that way, if you don’t have certain bad ideas, I can assure you that you’ll have a good life here and I’ll give you all the materials you want, including most of your requirements.” Arthur said.
When Arthur left, Ivan leaned in. He hadn’t hated the guy Arthur had thrown over to be his companion and now he liked Luo XiaoLou even more.
“Hey, don’t feel bad. Arthur has a bad mouth, but I think he likes you a lot.” Ivan said enthusiastically as he nestled on the couch next to Luo XiaoLou.
But what do I want his liking for? I’d rather have something real, like materials, Luo XiaoLou thought angrily. 125 immediately expressed the same idea subconsciously, and advised Luo XiaoLou not to cheat on his husband. Arthur was a far cry from Yuan Xi.
That night, Luo XiaoLou entered the instructions for the Energy Box and mecha Energy Box into an electronic book, and asked Ivan to prepare more of the materials he had bought last time.
Ivan was so excited that he almost didn’t want to go to sleep, but Luo XiaoLou finally had enough and kicked him out of the room.
The next morning, Luo XiaoLou went to Bai Heng’s place.
Probably because he had been preparing his entry, Bai Heng looked tired and his eyes were bloodshot. After gathering the things he needed to bring, Bai Heng took Luo XiaoLou to a large hover car. It wasn’t very advanced, but it looked very practical.
Bai Heng glanced at Luo XiaoLou and smiled, “What did you do? Arthur told me to keep an eye on you.”
“…He’s probably jealous that I’m more talented than him.” Luo XiaoLou said after two seconds of silence.
Bai Heng laughed, but speaking of jealousy – Li was so angry when he found out what Arthur meant that he almost jumped out of his skin. His worst fears seemed to have finally happened. Arthur was getting more and more interested in this guy.
The Grey Galaxy’s Mecha Parts Exchange was held in the downtown mecha hall, and since Arthur’s Riga Planet was the political and economic heart of the Grey Galaxy, Bai Heng and Luo XiaoLou had saved themselves a long trek.
When they arrived at the mecha hall, Luo XiaoLou found that the lower level Planet’s mecha parts competition was no worse than the higher level Planet’s, with a lot of people coming and going.
After Bai Heng took out three engines, marked them and handed them over to the organizer, Luo XiaoLou looked at the three engines and appeared slightly moved.
The results wouldn’t come out until 3pm. Before that, Bai Heng and Luo XiaoLou were exchanging ideas with the mecha makers from various Planet cities, occasionally trading mecha parts and materials in addition to their experiences.
Luo XiaoLou listened with great interest, but he found that even though they were discussing the manufacturing methods of Level 3 or below mecha parts, many of the tricks were very clever.
As the two of them walked inside again, a couple of elderly men were arguing about a problem with an engine, and Bai Heng immediately stood still, surrounded by quite a few people.
One of them, the old man, insisted on his own opinion, while the other old man also made reasonable arguments, and it was difficult to distinguish between the two.
In the end, the old man who fought alone, after arguing so hard that he was red in the face, dragged someone over to the side and said, “Young man, tell me, was I right or wrong just now?!”
Luo XiaoLou looked at Bai Heng, who was gloatingly hiding in the crowd, and then at the old man who was blowing his beard, and said with difficulty as he yanked his collar outward, “I think most of what you’re saying is reasonable-“
“You tell me what ‘most of it’ means! Where does it not make sense?” The old man was actually trying to break the ice and find a way to leave after. Just picking someone at random, the result given by this person didn’t really matter, the old men had been arguing for a long time over this issue. But no matter how much they argued, no matter how much they thought they were more reasonable, nothing was going to come of it until something changed.
But this person who had been casually grabbed was obviously not very knowledgeable, and actually said such an unpleasant thing. This pissed off the old man, not only him, but also a few of the old man’s deadly rivals glared at Luo XiaoLou.
Although they had arguments, they had been friends for many years, and the young man’s words were not very pleasant to hear.
Luo XiaoLou scratched his hair and said, “I don’t really understand what these few old gentlemen are talking about, but I think, since you’re proposing to integrate something new, Instead of just changing materials, why don’t you try a new fusion method? Also, why don’t you try the green cesium?”
The old man’s grip on Luo XiaoLou’s collar grew even stronger as he stared at Luo XiaoLou for half a day, then suddenly let go of his hand, turned around and hurriedly walked away.
The other old men looked at each other and also turned to chase after the old man who had just left. The people around them were unaware of what was going on and were all talking. Bai Heng took the opportunity to pull Luo XiaoLou away from that place.
Within a few minutes, one of the few old men who had just left came running back, urgently asking, “Where’s that little brother who just left?”
When people reacted, they realized that Luo XiaoLou had long since run off somewhere, and only that extremely ugly face left a deep impression on them.
The old man showed a disappointed look and gave a few instructions to the few people behind him before leaving with great regret.
At three o’clock in the afternoon, Bai Heng and Luo XiaoLou stood downstairs waiting for the results, surrounded by excited mecha makers, while Luo XiaoLou silently watched the stage, guessing which one was the master.
At this time, a young man walked up to the stage and said with a smile, “The results of this year’s Mecha Parts Exchange Meeting have been discussed and evaluated by all the masters, and the top three will be announced below. Now, let’s take a look at the mecha parts that have surprised us this year!”
The first thing that appeared on the large screen was a Level 3 helmet, which Luo XiaoLou took a look at and nodded secretly.
“Third place is Alan from Red Planet. He made a Level 3 helmet. The helmet’s fineness, defense and its exceptionally powerful detective scanning function are all amazingly bright.”
There were a few cheers in the middle of the hall as the three-dimensional image of the helmet appeared, and then a young man moved up the stairs.
Second place went to a shape-shifting weapon, and as soon as the stereogram came up, the mecha warriors in the hall brightened up. The exchange certainly wasn’t just for mecha makers. Some mecha warriors, either looking to find their own mecha maker, or wanting to net talent for their power, came to the annual mecha parts exchange.
Luo XiaoLou noticed that Bai Heng was beginning to appear uneasy as he curled his lips and looked at the stage again.
“Next, our first place winner! He brought with him one of the most important parts on the mecha – the engine!”
When the host shouted out, a stereoscopic image appeared on the large screen at the same time, and an inconspicuous engine was quietly placed there.
“Don’t be deceived by its appearance. According to the test, this engine has an effective application rate of as high as 70%, and the output power is almost as high as a thousand Torr!”
After this, the entire hall was in an uproar, almost all the mecha makers were shocked. A thousand Torr! That was almost the highest output that a Class 3 engine could achieve.
“Its maker, that is, our first place is Bai Heng from Riga Planet!”
Bai Heng turned his head to look at Luo XiaoLou and gestured before walking to the stage. Luo XiaoLou was wondering what he wanted to do before he realized that after Bai Heng left, there was a man standing next to him, one of Arthur’s men.
Luo XiaoLou’s mouth trembled, but the man noticed Luo XiaoLou’s line of sight and immediately smiled at him, then turned his gun around.
Luo XiaoLou looked at the middle-aged man with a serious expression, and his eyes shone brightly. After the awards, Master Maku went down with the top three, and today’s exchange competition ended here. There were a total of five days of exchange. Starting from tomorrow, there would be the speeches of the experts of each Planet, and Master Maku’s speech was on the last day.
What caught everyone’s attention was that each expert would make comments and suggestions on some of the entries, and would also show their own works to explain. Luo XiaoLou waited until late, but wound up not waiting for Bai Heng. Instead, Arthur’s men received the news and told Luo XiaoLou that Bai Heng would come to pick Luo XiaoLou up the next day.
Luo XiaoLou frowned and went out, pressing down the urgency in his heart. There was still a chance tomorrow. He must meet Master Maku.
Luo XiaoLou was able to teach Ivan how to handle the materials needed to make the Energy Box. While teaching Ivan the simplest theory of the Energy Box, Arthur came back and sat on the couch, watching the two of them quietly.
Luo XiaoLou tried to explain as much as Ivan could understand, and after a long time, Ivan finally got the general idea. Even if he didn’t understand some of the theories and formulas, he memorized them by heart. He knew the opportunity was rare, so he took it extra seriously.
When they finished and were ready to continue tomorrow night, Arthur knocked on the coffee table, coughed, and said, “Luo XiaoLou, do you want to consider staying? Actually, we’re – pretty good here. Although I don’t want to let you go even if you don’t agree. But it’s always happier if you’re willing.”
“Since it’s not an optional question, I don’t see the point in asking.” Luo XiaoLou huffed sarcastically.
Arthur looked at Luo XiaoLou hesitantly, and after a moment finally said, “Well, your willingness to teach Ivan is unexpected, and I won’t put pressure on the people who have given us favors, so if you want to go out, you can tell me. I’ll be happy to talk to you if the conditions permit.”
“…That’s really thanks for your generosity.” Luo XiaoLou said, heading to the kitchen, because of the sensitive status of the exotic beast, Luo XiaoLou was now almost a little paranoid about freedom, for which he didn’t fully expect anymore.
Perhaps because he was too busy during the day, Luo XiaoLou slept early at night.
Then at two o’clock at night, his door suddenly opened silently. A tall, thin figure slowly walked in, and then the door was shut tightly again. The moment that person entered, the green dinosaur in the corner of the cot suddenly rolled over and sat up, and simply turned into a stone after seeing the person’s face.
Yuan Xi swept a glance at the rock, his eyebrows jumped, and he walked firmly to the bed.
The soft light was on, and the room was poorly furnished, with a modest bed, as indicated by the blanket and pajamas Luo XiaoLou was wearing. Yuan Xi sat on the edge of the bed, looking down at the runaway slave he had been looking for for a long time. His eyes were cold yet hot.
Luo XiaoLou, huddled under the blanket with a corner of it in his hand, did not sleep well and rolled over when Yuan Xi sat down, which only brought him closer to him.
The rough cotton clothes were buttoned up tightly, and thinking of what was covered up, Yuan Xi’s eyes darkened and he hung his head to look at the man on the bed like a beast ready to hunt.
Luo XiaoLou’s eyebrows furrowed and his eyelids fluttered as he panted heavily, muttering, “… Ah, Yuan Xi, don’t come any closer! Danger-” Luo XiaoLou opened his eyes sharply, looking upwards in a godless and dazed manner.
However, it wasn’t the familiar darkness that greeted him, but someone much more familiar.
Luo XiaoLou blinked, and after a few seconds, he finally realized that this wasn’t another dream, and blanched, hastily remembering.
Yuan Xi reached out a hand and pressed him down hard on the bed.
Luo XiaoLou’s mouth was open, as if he had been too shocked to speak.
Yuan Xi raised his right hand up, the cold dagger in his hand slowly depicting Luo XiaoLou’s cheek, and then slowly said, “What do you think? How should I punish a disobedient slave?”
What the author has to say:
Thank you to all the girls and gays who left comments and support.
Ahem, it’s even later, but Yuan Xi came out and the scum author didn’t break my word or come out and immediately finished – you see, I’m truthful …… (scum has escaped)