Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The moment he saw the material, Luo XiaoLou immediately had several options for making mecha parts in his head. He really wasn’t going to change them, because he was confident that he could handle them well.
Because of the negative news in the past two days, behind the glass wall, the reporters’ cameras fell on Luo XiaoLou from time to time, and almost all of the Federation’s TV stations gave the future prince consort a high degree of attention.
Luo XiaoLou first sorted the materials and then began to handle them. His handling of the materials was simple, neat and relatively fast. Those who didn’t know how to make mecha only found it pleasing to the eye, while those who did were amazed and intrigued. Luo XiaoLou’s way of handling materials was so simple and quick that it could be used as a textbook model.
Although his speed was not exaggerated, it never changed, and his rhythm and speed gave people a feeling of being at ease.
Not all stations that followed Luo XiaoLou had their cameras focused on the race. For example, at Saint Miro Academy, there were now a group of reporters surrounding Tian Li, and one of them, holding a microphone in his hand, said, “Now, as you can see, behind me is the only friend of the prince-to-be in class 10,” he said. “By now, he has probably learned the news about his friend’s rise to power through subterfuge. And now even more new insider information has come out. I heard that the prospective prince consort is suspected of cheating on his test scores! It looks like the friend is very angry and may have regrets becoming the prospective prince consort’s friend …… Hey, what are you doing?!”
The reporter who spared no effort to interview Tian Li had been talking proudly to the camera, but Tian Li, who was next to him and was angry because of this claim of his friend’s subterfuge and cheating, snatched the microphone and squeezed the poor reporter with his strong body.
Tian Li took the microphone and said to the camera, “I am angry. I’m angry for my friend. You don’t know how serious and hard-working Luo XiaoLou is. Maybe you will see his success soon, but you will only see his success. I am one of the few people who has seen him trying.”
The flashes of reporters around the room went off, and the TV reporter dedicated to discovering the truth about subterfuge and cheating was somewhat cavalier, as Tian Li was holding their microphone. The people in charge of recording and filming were also pointing their cameras at Tian Li, in any case, they had not been instructed to abandon the interview.
“Luo XiaoLou used to come to my lab almost every day to practice. My lab was so full of Luo XiaoLou’s mecha material or debris that I had to call a garbage truck once a week to clean it up. He would tirelessly make the same part hundreds and thousands of times over and over again until it worked. You have never seen his finished product, but he can beat everyone else without any subterfuge or cheating at all. At least in my eyes, Luo XiaoLou’s mecha-making skills are the best, and will continue to improve.”
The reporter who had been pushed aside was finally reacting and was coming up for the microphone, but was once again squeezed by Tian Li due to his skinny size, firmly dominating their station’s camera and microphone, “I don’t know what factual basis you have to conclude that Luo XiaoLou relied on subterfuge to get to the top, or that he cheated on his exams. However, I can say with certainty that this is slander and libel! This is an unverified and untrue report!”
The reporter, who was helpless against Tian Li’s size, could only signal toward the cameraman, but the very provocative speech had just been broadcasted. He was beginning to wonder if the TV station management would fire him. For God’s sake, he must have made a mistake in choosing Tian Li for the interview!
Similar to Tian Li’s treatment, the Mecha Department’s exchange party was also surrounded by many reporters, but the reporters here were much more polite than those who surrounded Tian Li. They had to be polite because it was His Royal Highness, Prince Yuan Xi who was there, and even the other Mecha Department students who were chosen to attend the event had a lot of background and they didn’t want to get into trouble for the TV station.
A reporter announced, “As we can see, behind us is our prince who is participating in an exchange party and is now in a friendly match. The Prince is using a Tier 4 mecha, which is surprisingly not a normal Tier 4 mecha due to either his status or the mecha itself. The prince’s opponent is using a Tier 5 mecha, but we can tell that the prince’s Tier 4 mecha is not at all inferior, and we are proud to have such a prince.”
“Oh! Worthy of our Prince, he has already won the friendly competition beautifully with a Tier 4 mecha!” The reporter excitedly finished speaking and snatched a few steps forward to surround Yuan Xi like the other reporters, but before they could approach, several people with very ordinary faces and clothing were already blocking in front of Yuan Xi, and it was difficult for them to get within two meters of him.
“May I ask Your Highness, what do you think about the two incidents of the Prince Consort’s subterfuge to the throne and cheating? The royal family hasn’t made any move so far. Are you planning to change your Prince Consort?”
Everyone could only shout for an interview. Yuan Xi received a towel from a Mecha Department student with a cold face. Listening to the surrounding reporters, his demeanor grew even colder, then he stopped in his tracks, which surprised many reporters. This was unusual, as many times before his Highness had ignored them.
“What do I think of Luo XiaoLou? I think he’s the best, both mecha maker and lover. That opinion hasn’t changed since I chose him, nor will it ever. But – as for Luo XiaoLou’s untrue report, you’d better hurry back and prepare your evidence, then wait for my guard officer.”
Yuan Xi left with a cold face after saying that. None of the surrounding reporters dared to follow, and many of them began to think timidly of ways to salvage the situation.
Luo XiaoLou, who was being noticed by everyone, had already finished processing all his materials, and the person on the left looked at him in stunned silence for half a day before finally forcing out a sentence, “I heard that you’ve been giving Master Yan a hard time. It seems that you really are good at processing materials, but the rank certification exams won’t work without real talent.”
Luo XiaoLou glanced at him and didn’t say anything, just removed both his hands away from the material which was hanging above the tabletop, and a shocking scene occurred. The instrument was still working, the processed material moved on its own and then began to combine.
“God, it’s mind control!”
“He can actually control it with Spiritual Power already. Worthy of His Highness the Prince Consort!”
“It’s only a beginner level certification exam. It’s really rare to see mind control. It seems our Master Yan is really good at teaching apprentices.” Already some media started to see the change in the wind.
Something even more shocking was to follow, as first one, then two, three, and finally at least five materials rose in the air, each being processed with precision. This processing required extremely tight Spiritual Power control, and even some mid-level mecha makers couldn’t quite get the hang of it.
After all the parts were machined, no less than five parts in the air began to be assembled, and the moment of assembly was punctuated by very faint flashes of white light. It was a light that would only appear in the best combination, but when Luo XiaoLou was assembling it, it appeared almost every second.
Luo XiaoLou was used to it, but the people around him were so shocked that they couldn’t speak. This was the prince consort who had risen to power by subterfuge? If this still requires subterfuge to get to the top, what were they going to do?
“Total mind control! It seems that the reports about our Highness the Prince Consort are untrue, or at least we haven’t seen anyone who can be compared to His Highness the Prince Consort in this certification exam. His Royal Highness the Prince Consort has confirmed with his actions that statement he made when he first stepped off the ship.”
“A perfect combination! Almost every single part! This – this is incredible!” A slightly more knowledgeable reporter shouted in surprise.
In a flash of white light, Luo XiaoLou’s workspace was cleared of all the materials that had been handled, and an incredibly simple looking mecha part was resting on the table. He had never applied the Source of Consciousness power in full view of the public, but that didn’t mean he was afraid to display it, especially when those closest to him were being questioned. And of course he was well in control today, keeping his Spiritual Power within an acceptable range.
“That was certainly a magnificent display. A feast for us of mecha manufacturing technology. And now we’re anxiously awaiting the certified results from His Royal Highness the Prince Consort, who has to wait ten minutes with us as he finished the part ten minutes early.”
Now, even the people who were by the TV began to wait anxiously. After watching Luo XiaoLou’s manufacturing process, it became as tasteless as slow motion to watch the others. People’s doubts had invariably turned into admiration for the strong man. There was even a hidden pride in their hearts that this was the person their prince had chosen. He was powerful and he was worthy enough to be worthy of our prince.
Twelve minutes later, with almost everyone paying attention to the big screen, Luo XiaoLou’s results came out: level four part, 110 points.
A perfect score was 100, but because it was an over-the-top part, there was a ten-point increase.
Luo XiaoLou laughed as there were shouts of surprise in the examination room. All the reporters and viewers in front of the screen were stunned. Not everyone could make a Grade 4 part, and not everyone could make a Grade 2 material into a Grade 4 part! It’s a miracle!
Inside the VIP room, Master Yan was leaning back on the back of his chair contentedly, and behind him Shen Yuan was smiling at Luo XiaoLou who hadn’t walked out yet.
An old man next to Master Yan, on the other hand, snorted and said, “You’re not the only one who can show off. Plus, you still have to ask your apprentice to go down for the exam.” On purpose, the old thing must be doing it on purpose! Should have known or I’d let little Bless come take his test too, at least I wouldn’t have let the guy dominate. But why is there something familiar about the old guy’s apprentice’s approach…
After Luo XiaoLou walked out of the examination room, he was again surrounded by a group of people, but this time the focus of their questioning had clearly changed, “Your Royal Highness, Prince-to-be, may I ask why you are not complaining about the unfair distribution of materials? Is this another subterfuge or trickery?”
“Now that your skill is evident to all, do you have anything to say about the earlier misunderstanding?”
Luo XiaoLou stopped and thought for a moment before stating, “I just want to say that no matter if it’s subterfuge or trickery, it’s not worth mentioning in front of absolute strength. I didn’t ask to have them change the materials because I felt that they were enough for me to use. When we choose our materials, we should also respect them, because they don’t determine our performance, but we do ourselves. As for the misunderstanding, I don’t think it was a misunderstanding, and I want those media to apologize publicly, or I won’t mind filing charges.”
“Are you confident that you will achieve first place in this grading certification exam? As the prince’s mecha maker, do you feel that you are qualified?”
“I don’t know the outcome of the exam. There are a lot of people who haven’t started and I think a lot of people are probably better than me. Master asked a lot of me and I didn’t quite make it. As far as qualifying or not, I just think we’re good for each other. Though I’m not good enough right now, I’m far from grown up, and I’ll try my best.”
Master Yan looked at Luo XiaoLou, who was humble but took the opportunity to pursue the negative media coverage, and nodded in satisfaction.
While in Imperial Capital’s palace, His Majesty, Yuan Lie and His Majesty, Feng JiaLing were watching Luo XiaoLou on the screen, and Yuan Lie snorted, “Good thing he still knows what occasions he shouldn’t talk nonsense.” If Luo XiaoLou dared to say anything about Yuan Xi not being right for him again, he would definitely have to tune him up for Yuan Xi ……Yuan Lie thought of this and nodded to a man in a dark suit next to him, who quickly walked out.
Feng JiaLing laughed, “You’ve managed to calm down this time, but it would really be easier for the public to accept Luo XiaoLou if you deal with those media at this time.”
Yuan Lie coughed, “I’m not specifically thinking of him, I’m just- Honey, what are you going to do? Didn’t we say we’d go to the hot springs later? It’s easy to relieve fatigue and I’ll massage you ……”
Mr. Butler looked wide-eyed at His Majesty, the King and wished he had learned the skill of stealth.