Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Yuan Xi stared at Luo XiaoLou, puzzled, “What’s that look in your eyes? Of course I’m my father and mother’s son, who else would I be? I feel sure that if you dare to question this again, Father will consider it a provocation to the King.”
“No, no, believe me, I definitely didn’t mean to provoke him,” Luo XiaoLou immediately clarified. He cautiously took a step back, his face looking very bad and even a little green. As Yuan Xi’s brow furrowed tighter and tighter, Luo XiaoLou finally plucked up the courage to ask, “That, is it possible for a man to have a child now?”
Jesus! It’s 4,000 years later, though, and anything is possible! But he doesn’t want to… have a baby, and if he starts to regret getting married now, is it too late?
Yuan Xi was stunned for a second, then he laughed. He suddenly leaned forward and effortlessly grabbed Luo XiaoLou, who was unable to react, and suppressed his weak resistance before hoisting him onto his shoulders and walking towards the bedroom. “We should think about having a child. Come on, we’ll start working on it tonight, and maybe you can give me a son soon.”
“Hey, you’re crazy! Put me down now. I – I’m a man!” Luo XiaoLou was literally going to cry, he didn’t understand why he had to worry about such things.
“Darling, I couldn’t be more clear about this.” Yuan Xi smiled badly and slapped Luo XiaoLou’s butt.
“You can’t force me! I don’t want to give birth -” Luo XiaoLou couldn’t care less about the nerves and etiquette issues of being new to the palace, just the thought of a small Yuan Xi with a comforting pacifier in his mouth, glaring fiercely at him, terrified him to death. No! No, that wasn’t the point, the point was that he didn’t want to become a pregnant man!
Mr. Butler and the attendants were very observant and did not appear on the two’s way back, but those who did sneak a peek were sighing in their hearts that the prince and the future prince consort were so close.
In the large, comfortable bedroom, Yuan Xi spent a very pleasant evening, picking Luo XiaoLou clean and eating with great pleasure, especially when Luo XiaoLou was full of fear and struggling a little with pleasure.
Equally frightened was 125, who felt that his future was predictable. That his adoptive parents would abuse him if they had a child of their own, and that even if Luo XiaoLou treated him well, he wouldn’t be able to resist the enticements of Yuan Xi and his son – who will probably have his Energy Box in a few years’ time! If it is lucky enough to survive, it will be given poisonous apples and so on, and take the opportunity to steal its private warehouse …… to be locked up in the small room next to it. The future was messy.
After Yuan Xi contentedly helped him bathe, he hugged Luo XiaoLou and buried his head in the side of Luo XiaoLou’s neck, looking as if he had eaten and drunk enough before getting ready for bed.
Luo XiaoLou wouldn’t dare sleep, so he gently pulled Yuan Xi down and melancholingly asked, “It can’t really be done, can it?”
Looking at Luo XiaoLou, who was cowering like a little wife, Yuan Xi smiled and simply picked up Luo XiaoLou’s arms and legs, saying, “How can you not know this? Of course men can’t have children, they have bio-cabin babies. I was bred with my parents’ genes.”
Luo XiaoLou exhaled slowly then, his tense nerves from the night loosening.
The next day, Luo XiaoLou and Yuan Xi barely made it in time for an invitation to join the King and Her Majesty the Queen for lunch. When they walked into the restaurant, there were already four people inside.
His Majesty, the King and His Majesty, Feng JiaLing were sitting at the head table, while Yue Shang and Su Lan were sitting at the bottom of His Majesty, Feng JiaLing’s table. When they saw Luo XiaoLou following Yuan Xi, both Yue Shang and Su Lan looked a bit strange, but they quickly concealed it.
Yuan Lie glared at Yuan Xi for a moment before beckoning Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou to sit at the head of their own table, and then said, “None of us are outsiders, so don’t be formal. Let’s get started.”
During the banquet, Yue Shang would occasionally accompany the King and Queen to talk. His Majesty, Feng JiaLing, as usual, did not talk much, mostly because Yuan Lie was asking about Yue Shang’s recent studies and training.
His Majesty, the King seemed to care more about Yue Shang than his own son. Su Lan proudly looked at Luo XiaoLou, who was facing her, but Luo XiaoLou was busy eating the prawns in front of him, while Yuan Xi was helping Luo XiaoLou shell the prawns.
His Majesty, Feng JiaLing, with one hand on his cheek, smiled slightly as he looked in their direction. It looked like someone was finally able to control the little tyrant in his house. What’s even more admirable was that both of them were completely unself-conscious.
Towards the end of lunch, Su Lan finally plucked up her courage, got up and bowed to Yuan Lie, saying apprehensively, “Your Majesty, I also want to go with Brother Yuan Xi and Brother Yue Shang, is it alright if I go?”
Yuan Lie looked at Su Lan in surprise, shook his head and said, “No, this trial is too dangerous and it’s not for you. They might be in trouble themselves.”
Su Lan sat down dejectedly, understanding that although His Majesty Yuan Lie was kind to the two of them, once a decision was made, it would never be changed.
At that moment, Luo XiaoLou looked up and asked, “Have you already decided what trial it is?”
Last night he had asked Yuan Xi about the adult trial and learned it was an A-Rank mission from the military department.
“It’s the seal of ‘Randa’. You first have to find the place using the map and then bring back what the military department has been looking for for twelve years.” His Majesty, Feng JiaLing said as he looked to Yuan Xi and raised an eyebrow, “I have to say, you’ve had quite a bit of luck. That’s pretty much the most difficult and dangerous of the current A-rank missions.”
Yuan Xi lifted his head proudly and said, “Mother, please don’t worry. I will bring it back to my father and hand it over.”
Yuan Lie looked disgustedly at his son’s action of peeling shrimp for Luo XiaoLou, and said as he served food to Feng JiaLing beside him, “You and Yue Shang will each bring four more people with you, and give me the list when you’re sure. Even though it’s dangerous, it’s a chance to get some practice.”
Yuan Xi and Yue Shang nodded in agreement, Su Lan couldn’t help but feel a little fortunate once she heard the content of the mission. That mission was indeed too dangerous, otherwise it wouldn’t have been possible for the military department to fail to complete it for twelve years. Thankfully the King vetoed her request.
His Majesty, the King, looked at Luo XiaoLou whose face didn’t even change and continued to struggle with the food on his plate, the sharpness in his eyes disappeared quite a bit. Even though he understood and acknowledged his son’s feelings and had even agreed to their marriage, he had felt that the young man wasn’t right for Yuan Xi because he was too weak and Yuan Xi would have to keep turning back to protect him. But now it seemed that he had underestimated the young man.
Luo XiaoLou was still sitting there calmly, and 125 was chattering in his ear, “Listen, we have to go, I know that mission. That’s where Master told me I had to go so I could find him.”