Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
On the way back, Luo XiaoLou had been distracted, as he kept thinking about 125’s words. It was a very dangerous mission, but he had to go. Not only did he have to go, he had to go to try to find what 125’s master had left behind.
Yuan Xi looked at Luo XiaoLou for the third time when he finally snapped, “Haven’t you noticed that I’ve been taking care of you during dinner? Don’t you eat shrimp with gusto?” He even gave Luo XiaoLou a smug glance with a hint of anticipation in his eyes.
Luo XiaoLou’s footsteps pause, immediately remembering today’s abnormal scene – at that time he was so surprised that he almost wanted to reach out and feel if Yuan Xi had a fever, and now seeing that Yuan Xi had indeed turned up old scores, Luo XiaoLou immediately took a defensive step back and said cautiously. “I’m extremely grateful to have your care. But – what are you going to do? I didn’t ask you to peel that, and you can’t put it on me, can you?”
Yuan Xi turned wonderfully pale, finally showing a look of Luo XiaoLou’s immortal wood, and angrily walked forward. Luo XiaoLou opened his mouth and quickly followed, not daring to stray any further, scratching his head as he tried to guess Yuan Xi’s intentions.
Luo XiaoLou thought to himself, tomorrow there would be a rumor that the Prince and his lover were facing a major crisis in their relationship. Luo XiaoLou looked at Yuan Xi worriedly for a moment, then suddenly had a flash of light and immediately grabbed Yuan Xi’s arm, saying, “I think I understand a little better.”
As Yuan Xi’s face softened, Luo XiaoLou continued, “I’ll go talk to the housekeeper, I want some dessert.”
Yuan Xi stopped in surprise and Luo XiaoLou bumped into him unaware, then heard Yuan Xi’s hateful voice, “You idiot, I hadn’t even thought of that! But – why don’t you just go and learn how to make a cake and I can download the instructional version for you?”
By the time he got to the last sentence, Yuan Xi’s anger had largely subsided, and Luo XiaoLou felt he was thinking about the future freely.
“…I’ll go study.” Luo XiaoLou replied stiffly, feeling that he was stepping further and further down the path of a housewife.
After observing Luo XiaoLou’s stoic expression, the attentive Mr. Butler served the two of them cake, fruit pudding and black tea within five minutes.
Twenty minutes later, Luo XiaoLou looked at the empty table – even the shiny little silver plates on it had strangely disappeared – and couldn’t help but think of another thing: after today’s explanation of how to eat your plate, perhaps tomorrow the gossip in the palace would change to the prince having a very, very good eating male lover.
Yuan Xi squinted against the head of the bed, intending to take Luo XiaoLou out for a walk. Looking at Luo XiaoLou’s shocked and surprised look, which he was trying to hide, he felt that the boring business of accompanying his lover, which he despised, was worth looking forward to now.
Besides, it made him feel sorry to think of any place he hadn’t been with Luo XiaoLou.
After greeting the butler, Yuan Xi drove himself out of the parking lot in his hover car.
Looking at the bustling Imperial Capital Tiras, Luo XiaoLou thought of Yuan Xi’s welcome and asked, “I don’t really understand, is the Federation a constitutional monarchy?”
Yuan Xi looked at the road map as he casually said, “Well, no, although it’s called the Federation, the Federation system is actually more appropriate to be called an Empire in name only.”
Luo XiaoLou was shocked, the Federation’s monarch was just a virtual king, but an Empire was completely different, the King had real power.
“What’s going on here?” Luo XiaoLou asked in surprise, forgetting to cover up the gaps in his politics and history.
Yuan Xi snorted, “You really know how to find someone to give you lessons.” Despite this complaint, he continued, “Three thousand years ago, although humans had taken over more and more of the Planet, it was still a huge imperial state. It was a period of great prosperity ushered in after the end-time catastrophe of Earth for humanity.”
“Later, roughly half of the Planet wanted to break away from the Empire and have their own Planet to rule over. The King at the time didn’t pursue the matter, and those on the Planet didn’t feel at ease, so they formed the Federation,” Yuan Xi said with a calm face, “But then human development kicked the can down the road, and the aliens began to turn on humanity. In the midst of this war, human civilization was still progressing. Until the emergence of the predator that was devastating to humans, the exotic beast.”
Luo XiaoLou was concentrating on listening, and immediately shuddered when he suddenly heard the word exotic beast. 125 was strangely silent as well, not daring to speak out.
“What happened after that?” Luo XiaoLou asked with difficulty, perhaps the next step was the reason why humans and the exotic beast had a blood feud.
“That disaster nearly wiped out the human race at the time, but fortunately, the exotic beast’s bizarre cycle of invasions gave the human race a respite. Later on, the Federation’s small Planets asked to join the Empire, and the Federation has been extinct in all but name ever since.”
“Why did they join the Empire at a time like this? Instead of the Empire and Federation working together?” Luo XiaoLou asked, wondering why they would want to be under imperial control.
“Because only the Empire at that time possessed a weapon that could resist the exotic beast, the mecha. The Empire originally offered to cooperate, but those small Planets, probably fearing that they would be cannon fodder, strongly requested to join the Empire, and in order to make it easier to manage, the Empire took back control of all the Planets at that time. Now, although the exotic beast Planet has exploded and most of the exotic beasts have perished, no Planet has come forward to leave the Empire. One, people have gotten used to it, and two, and most importantly, people are afraid of that war and are terrified of the possible existence of exotic beast survivors and other exotic beasts.” Yuan Xi thought of that long, bloody war, and the chill around him grew.
Luo XiaoLou gawked at Yuan Xi’s gloomy face, thinking of Yuan Xi’s older brother, and of Yuan Nuo’s parents. He also thought of the footage of the horrifying visage on his mother’s chip.
Yuan Xi calmed down for a moment, controlled his emotions, looked deep into Luo XiaoLou’s eyes, and said, “Yue Shang is the descendant of the Federation King at that time. His parents died on their last mission, and before they died, they asked my parents to look after Yue Shang and Su Lan.”
Luo XiaoLou thought of Yuan Xi’s father’s attitude and it dawned on him that Yue Shang’s life was so dogged, no wonder His Majesty, the King treated him differently from others.
That’s life, people can grow up with Yuan Xi and still be close to his parents. He’ll have to come running four thousand years after the once-in-a-lifetime engagement ceremony to be hunted down as a little monster, including the person he loved the most.
But what could he do, life had to go on, and he still hoped for a bright and happy future with this twisted, arrogant, domineering Yuan Xi.
“Okay, I get it.” Luo XiaoLou said, looking back at Yuan Xi and couldn’t help but say, “If there’s danger in the trial and you need to protect Yue Shang-“
“How is that possible, don’t you feel more useless?” Yuan Xi gave Luo XiaoLou a disgusted glance, his face wasn’t as ugly as it was just now, “He’s a mecha warrior, and he has the ability to protect himself. Besides, you probably don’t understand the meaning of the blood contract, no matter who else is there at the time, I will protect you first.”
Luo XiaoLou had a smirk on his face. After hearing that last sentence, he thought, That too, provided my safety was guaranteed.
“Speaking of which, what was that blood contract all about again?” Luo XiaoLou recovered from his complacency, and had no choice but to ask.
Yuan Xi’s fingers moved, his face not quite natural, as he explained for Luo XiaoLou, “The highest form is the royal couple’s contract. It brings with it many splendid things, one of which is the ability to locate you wherever you want to escape to, so I can find you.”
Luo XiaoLou shuddered and protested in a small voice, “I think that’s a total disregard for my human rights.” God, what would he do if his identity was revealed later?!
Yuan Xi glared coldly at Luo XiaoLou, “I wouldn’t use the contract to find you if it wasn’t for special circumstances, since it causes you to faint or go unconscious. So, you better not let me find you a second time with the contract.”
Only then did Luo XiaoLou finally understand why Yuan Xi could still find him when he had all but been exiled to the lower level Planet, and had actually experienced vertigo at the time. Luo XiaoLou opened his mouth wide and managed to say, “..I’ll try to. I’ll never run away of my own accord again, I promise!” Luo XiaoLou immediately added the next sentence when he saw Yuan Xi’s eyebrows raise.
The two of them spent the afternoon in the Imperial Capital, where Luo XiaoLou also brought specialties for Tian Li and the others. The next shopping trip was a disaster as 125 realized the word specialties, it wanted literally everything.
When they returned to the palace, Yuan Nuo came over to look for them. Luo XiaoLou was excitedly sorting out his things. He had bought a lot of high-class materials and utensils that B-class Planets couldn’t see. When Luo XiaoLou finished organizing, he packed for the rituals occuring the day after tomorrow. During this, Yuan Xi and Yuan Nuo discussed the candidates for the trial.
According to Yuan Lie, Yuan Xi and Yue Shang could each choose four people. Since Yuan Xi already had Luo XiaoLou on his side, there were only three left to choose.
Luo XiaoLou took a glance at the paper on the table, there were five names on it: Yuan Xi, Luo XiaoLou, Yuan Nuo, Luo ShaoTian, Ling Xu. This list was almost the optimal choice. All had a certain degree of familiarity, and could work together. While their abilities were not weak, the list had four mecha warriors, and one mecha maker!
The next day, as Yuan Xi gave the list to Yuan Lie, Yue Shang also delivered his own list.
The people he brought with him also made Luo XiaoLou smack his lips, Yue Shang, Shao Rong, Hull, Mu Chen, and Abel.
Except for the last one, Abel, a mecha maker, who he didn’t know, the first few were all acquaintances. Hull was a baby face, and what was even more incredible was that Yue Shang actually chose Mu Chen.
Luo XiaoLou suddenly felt that Yuan Xi’s adult trial was about to become a big party for the top ten of the mecha contest.
The author had this to say:
It’s not much, but at least it’s over 3,000 words OML!