Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The situation became so bad and uncontrollable as the media spread. It seemed that overnight, all of the Federation was against their prince’s chosen prince consort. To make matters worse, because of the hectic schedule of the past few days and the deliberate concealment of certain people, the two parties involved knew nothing about it.
That morning, Luo XiaoLou was sitting at the table with two black eyes, a burnt egg on his plate and a glass of milk at hand. Despite his physical and mental exhaustion, Luo XiaoLou’s spirits were high. He looked twice at Yuan Xi, who didn’t look too good, and carefully found a safe topic of conversation, “It’s a nice day.”
Yuan Xi ignored Luo XiaoLou, who he felt was challenging his boundaries. No scrubs, no bedtime massages, no back rubs, and now Luo XiaoLou even dared to stay out of bed all night! He was simply, simply… Yuan Xi threw his head back, shrugging off the words unruly, and then continued with his breakfast with a heavy face.
Seeing that Yuan Xi was ignoring him, Luo XiaoLou awkwardly ducked his head and took a sip of milk. His stomach was churning, probably because he had been working too long and desperately needed to replenish his nutrients, but he couldn’t eat. He was too excited. Luo XiaoLou couldn’t help it, and looked up again, trying to restrain the excitement in his voice, and said, “Can we discuss something?”
Yuan Xi didn’t say anything, but Luo XiaoLou knew he was listening and continued with an eyebrow raised, “I – That – I built an engine last night and I want you to try it out for me. You don’t have to swap it into Cloudy Sky, I think his level is too high and it’s hard to drive, just swap it into the tier 4 mecha I sent you.”
Saying that, Luo XiaoLou simply got up, picked up a not too small box from the floor, and was thinking of where to put it, when Yuan Xi came over with a cold face and picked up the box and threw it on the coffee table.
Then he pushed Luo XiaoLou towards the dining table and said sarcastically, “It’s breakfast time, even if I don’t expect you to use your table manners, you should always finish your breakfast first.”
Luo XiaoLou’s excitement was finally diminished and he was starving, so he sat back down in his chair and neither of them spoke again until the meal was finished.
Luo XiaoLou cleaned up the kitchen and came out, wondering how to persuade Yuan Xi to let him help with the trial, but found the large box on the coffee table was gone, and Luo XiaoLou couldn’t help but smile. Despite his bad temper, Yuan Xi was actually very considerate of others.
125 looked at the obvious emotion in Luo XiaoLou’s eyes and rolled his eyes scornfully, betting that no one but his fosterer would think so.
On his way out, Yuan Xi looked at Luo XiaoLou condescendingly and said, “I hope that when I return tomorrow afternoon, you’ll be honest and nothing will have happened.”
“I promise. You take care of yourself,” Luo XiaoLou immediately replied. Yuan Xi was going to participate in a foreign exchange meeting today, which had been arranged by the school.
Also the Robucka Planet’s level certification was today. They would arrive in Robucka today, and after the official exams, they would stay there for one night, and the next day they had a speech by a famous master, so both of them would be too busy to see each other for the next two days.
Thinking that Yuan Xi actually wanted to spend the night by himself, caused Luo XiaoLou to feel a lot of uneasiness. He felt that Yuan Xi had zero common sense about life.
Yuan Xi glared at Luo XiaoLou who was chattering and telling him what to do and pulled the man over to kiss him, “…long-winded!”
When Luo XiaoLou hurried to school by himself, he was surprised to find that the people around him were looking at him strangely.
But he didn’t have time to think about it, so he ran to the meeting place of the Mecha Manufacturing Department.
The assistant teacher was waiting anxiously below, and was relieved to see Luo XiaoLou arrive. The news outside had been overwhelming, but the prince and the royal family hadn’t reacted at all, did this mean that the future prince consort was unwelcome?
The assistant teacher looked at Luo XiaoLou sympathetically. He knew something about the situation; Luo XiaoLou certainly didn’t rely on subterfuge. All the teachers in the Mecha Manufacturing Department knew how good Luo XiaoLou’s professional achievements were, and that was enough to explain everything.
The higher the profile, the more attention the media will pay to him. No matter if it was well-intentioned or malicious, the media would try to find a way to attract the audience’s attention.
The lead teacher was the class teacher of Class One, and he just looked blankly at Luo XiaoLou, a Class Ten student who could push his class down. He just gave Luo XiaoLou a blank stare and paid no more attention to him.
This put even more pressure on the assistant teacher, who had to arrange for Luo XiaoLou to sit next to him so that he could be easily taken care of. Even if he was no longer popular with the royal family, he was still the future prince consort, and Luo XiaoLou’s safety could not be compromised. What’s more, besides sympathy, the assistant teacher was very appreciative, he had seen Luo XiaoLou’s experimental works, and at that time, in his head, only the word genius was in his mind.
Tian Li held onto the wall and watched the departure of the flight cabin, cursing in annoyance.
Because of that boisterous news, someone in the quiet flight cabin looked at Luo XiaoLou twice from time to time.
Shay was sitting upright, with a hint of a smile on his lips, chatting with Department Flower He Jia while gazing over at the assistant teacher.
As for Yang Ke, he looked at Luo XiaoLou for two seconds and then lowered his head to look at the data at hand.
The assistant teacher smiled bitterly. Luo XiaoLou was sleeping soundly next to him, and he began to admire the future prince consort’s good attitude.
It wasn’t really Luo XiaoLou’s fault, he suddenly felt last night that he was able to integrate the steps of making a bio-mecha, and immediately went upstairs to the lab to work on an engine all night long. By the time he saw the light of day and remembered that he still had a level certification exam today, it was too late to regret it. In fact he still didn’t regret it. Sometimes the feeling came, and if he didn’t catch it then, it wouldn’t be easy to find that feeling again.
So after boarding the flight deck, Luo XiaoLou went straight to catching up on sleep.
Luo XiaoLou was pushed awake by the assistant teacher beside him when they arrived at the Robucka Planet, and he stretched his legs as the lead teacher and assistant teacher headed down. He was in much better spirits now, he just hoped he wouldn’t fall asleep when he got to the exam.
However, as soon as they exited the hatch, a flash immediately went off, and they were surrounded by a group of reporters.
One of the reporters asked loudly at Luo XiaoLou, who was behind the assistant teacher, “Hello, Your Highness, the future Prince Consort, what do you think about the issue of subterfuge?”
Another was more direct, “I heard that Yuan Xi went to communicate with the school for you to get the opportunity to take the rank certification and the school was pressured to put you on the list, is that correct?”
A female reporter pushed a few steps up and shouted, “I heard that Master Yan was forced by subterfuge into taking you as his disciple. What exactly did the prince promise the master?”
Luo XiaoLou was stunned, the lead teacher’s face was gloomy, and the assistant teacher’s face was embarrassed, but he dutifully protected Luo XiaoLou and tried to keep the reporters away from Luo XiaoLou. The twenty students behind him, on the other hand, had different faces.
From the reporters’ questions, Luo XiaoLou quickly understood the situation, and his face sank as he replied clearly, “I don’t know about the subterfuge. I don’t think I need Yuan Xi to subterfuge for me. Nor do I think that with Master’s and Yuan Xi’s pride that they would care about that or do such a thing. Such a question is an insult to them. Finally, regarding your questions, I think that this next rank certification exam will explain everything.”
Yes, the rank certification exam, the one where no one can cheat.
The reporters were stunned silent by such a harsh and forceful answer, and before they could react, the assistant teacher hurriedly escorted Luo XiaoLou inside the hovercar that the organizer, Bardis Academy, had sent to pick up the students. The other students also quickly got on board, but now everyone was looking at Luo XiaoLou with a hint of imperceptible admiration. There were also some people with complicated eyes, unable to say whether they were jealous or envious.
The level certification exam was a professional exam held by each Planet for mecha makers. Usually several neighboring Planets held them together. Planet Anse and Robucka Planet selected the Bardis Academy of Robucka Planet, and the mecha maker’s association would send someone to supervise and grade the exams.
In addition to the mecha makers from the community who had passed the preliminary exam, there were also top students selected from several of Planet’s famous colleges in the surrounding area.
The test was the mecha maker making mecha parts on site. The materials were distributed by the organizers, and then graded by the Mecha Maker’s Association and some of the masters who were invited.
There was no way to cheat in full view of the public. The masters who were as high as a certain level had a recommended quota and could be exempted from the grading test.
Luo XiaoLou clenched his fists tightly. He had never been so angry. Those reporters’ false accusations against Yuan Xi and Master Yan had set him ablaze. The reason he had tried to control his temper just now was because he had a better way to silence the media who were falsifying facts and make those who blindly believed this gossip realize the mistake they were making.
There were also many reporters at the venue of the grading exam, but they could only be in the prescribed room, and they could only watch the exam and were not allowed to speak or do anything that would disturb it.
At ten o’clock in the morning, the grading certification exam officially began.
A group of fifty people went up for the exam together. First, the school personnel distributed the materials, then the candidates began to assemble parts. Each group had forty minutes. It was the candidates choice of what parts to make according to the materials on their table. There were no restrictions on what they could make, they only had to try to reflect their highest level.
All around the huge circular examination room, there was alloy glass. The rooms behind the glass were filled with senior makers from the Mecha Maker Association, and two of the rooms were filled with students from the school and their parents or relatives who had followed them.
Luo XiaoLou waited quietly, and after the first forty minutes were over, within two minutes, the examiner announced the results, and at the same time those names appeared on the electronic screen. Some cried, some laughed, and some hugged in surprise, as the grade of the mecha maker mattered for everything in their future, including their future job.
At the beginning of the third exam, Luo XiaoLou finally heard his name, and he stood up and walked into the exam room.
Inside the VIP room, Shen Yuan sat quietly next to Master Yan, and after seeing Luo XiaoLou, he hesitated for two seconds and said, “Master…”
Master Yan stared sternly at the people in the examination room and sneered, “He is my apprentice, he can handle this.”
Shen Yuan closed his mouth again and looked out worriedly.
Luo XiaoLou stood in front of his lab table, the people on either side of him were from outside the school, the young man on the right didn’t say anything, but the one on the left said sourly, “Your Highness Prince-to-be, I have to remind you that this Bardis Academy is your school’s rival, and I’ve heard that the headmaster of this school hates people who get to the top by subterfuge.”
Luo XiaoLou glanced at the man on the left and ignored him while the man on the right had his head lowered even further.
Not long after, the people at the school began to distribute materials.
Everyone was praying that they would be able to receive the high-grade good materials, because they might be able to make secondary parts using grade 3 materials, but they would never be able to make grade 3 parts using secondary materials.
Luo XiaoLou looked around and then at the materials in front of him. Others had a clean configuration of mainly grade 3 materials, with a very small amount of secondary materials. But here he was now using secondary materials as the main source and primary materials as secondary.
This luck was too bad, although there was occasionally this situation on the level certification exam, it could be said that it was extremely rare. The person on the left laughed sneeringly, “What’s the matter, Your Highness, future Prince Consort, do you need to ask for another material change by virtue of the subterfuge?”
Luo XiaoLou glanced at him and smiled slightly, “No, I don’t have any such plans. In fact, I think the materials shared are very good.”
And the rest of the time, Luo XiaoLou proved that he wasn’t wrong with what he just said.