Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Luo XiaoLou found that not only was the food on the luxury battleship delicious and the rooms comfortable, even the various training rooms were unusually well-equipped, providing great convenience for the mecha warriors to conduct regular training. It could not be compared to a civilian ship; and there was even a recreation room. Since arriving on the battleship, 125 had often sneaked off to the recreation room to steal from the military department’s account, hoping that nothing strange would appear on the military department’s bill this month.
Luo XiaoLou was still able to find time on Planet Anse to make a trip to the club for training, but now he could only visit the stamina training room twice a day at regular times, not daring to think about anything else. Luckily, there was also a mecha maker’s workshop here, so Luo XiaoLou went there for a few laps and found that although the equipment was not as good as his, it was not bad at all, at least it was not a problem to practice.
The young man Abel seemed to be like him, always showing up at the studio on time, but the studio wasn’t combined, so the two of them said hello at most whenever they met.
This morning, Luo XiaoLou checked and serviced everyone’s spare mecha, and although the mecha warriors would have serviced it before they left, Luo XiaoLou hadn’t left a single mecha behind, because it was his job, and also because he could use the Source of Consciousness to find out what was going on. He discovered some common minor problems that were not noticed during maintenance. These small problems may not affect the use of the mecha for a while, but they could add up to a lot of trouble if they fall through.
So, after the maintenance, the mecha warriors felt that their mecha was now more comfortable to drive.
At noon, Luo XiaoLou greeted Yuan Xi and went back for his nap as usual.
When Luo XiaoLou opened his eyes, he was surprised to find that the bedroom was dark. Had he slept through the night?
Luo XiaoLou was stunned for two seconds, trying to call Yuan Xi, and then realized something even more frightening: he couldn’t speak at all, and his mouth was sealed shut, so he couldn’t even open it. In addition to that, there was weakness, numbness, and the feeling of nausea. After a few more moments, in a burst of numbness, he felt a pain that penetrated his bones.
In that instant, Luo XiaoLou even wanted to scream out in pain but he couldn’t make any sound at all. It was dark around him, and there was something cold all around his body — when he just realized he wasn’t in the bed.
Darkness, despair, pain.
Luo XiaoLou strangely thought of a place — the Asylum. Even the usually optimistic Luo XiaoLou couldn’t stand it when the creepy word appeared in his mind. God, why was he in a place like this? Could it be that he was exposed in his sleep? So, did Yuan Xi know or did he not know? If he knew, why did he send him here without even asking him?
Luo XiaoLou had imagined many scenarios in which Yuan Xi found out about his other identity, and thought about how to explain it, how to fix it — he wouldn’t give up as long as there was a glimmer of hope. But never mind that, he didn’t have a chance to plead his case at all!
‘Well? You won’t have a chance if you don’t try to change out of your original form.’ A cold, familiar voice said.
Luo XiaoLou’s entire body trembled and opened his eyes while covered in a cold sweat. There was a person lying on the bed, holding him tightly in his arms. By the faint light in the room, he realized he was still in the bedroom.
A dream? No, it wasn’t like a dream at all, that unusually real feeling, that cutting pain, like it had just stayed with him. And the last sound of Luo Chengyun’s voice still rang in his ears. Compared to those, the calm and warmth before him was more like a dream.
It wasn’t until much later that Luo XiaoLou realized that the bizarre scene in the darkness wasn’t exactly a dream at all.
Moving his arm around him, Yuan Xi lifted his head and asked in confusion, “What’s wrong? Can’t you be honest and give me a break, every time you get into bed…”
Yuan Xi stopped complaining, his dark eyes staring blankly at Luo XiaoLou as his right hand rose to touch Luo XiaoLou’s face, wiping away the cold sweat that continued to slide down his forehead. The eyes that had always been calm gradually scraped up a storm, with a strong concern and a deep, unseen hostility. He had never seen Luo XiaoLou so frightened and vulnerable before — an expression that should never have appeared on the face of such an optimistic and positive person. Moreover, Yuan Xi felt rather uncomfortable and unusually agitated because he was being affected by Luo XiaoLou’s emotions through the contract, showing how unstable Luo XiaoLou was right now.
Luo XiaoLou trembled uncontrollably and looked around dumbly, before his eyes finally settled on Yuan Xi. After a while, he slowly came together, raised his arms and hugged Yuan Xi with all his might.
Sooner or later, this person would be on his own opposing side because of his status as an exotic beast.
As Luo XiaoLou was about to drown in despair, Yuan Xi pulled him down, gripped him hard by the shoulders, and asked urgently, “What the hell is going on?”
Luo XiaoLou looked into Yuan Xi’s sincere and concerned eyes and slowly sobered up, speaking hoarsely, “…I had a nightmare.”
Yuan Xi flinched, his tense body relaxed, and in a short while he also found himself breaking out in a cold sweat. He moved uncomfortably and wiped the sweat from Luo XiaoLou’s face more vigorously as he cursed, “Damn, what a tosser. What were you dreaming about?”
Luo XiaoLou opened his mouth and was about to say something when suddenly, the room shook violently, and because of the close proximity, Luo XiaoLou’s entire body crushed Yuan Xi underneath him.
In the midst of the spinning, Yuan Xi only had time to pull Luo XiaoLou tightly into his arms, and the two of them tumbled around, making a loud and terrifying sound.
All the lights in the room began to flicker, and suddenly Yuan Xi’s communicator popped up on its own. Captain Kent’s urgent voice rang out, “Your Highness, we’ve encountered a particle storm, so for safety’s sake, please enter the lifeboat first.”
Yuan Xi didn’t say anything and just turned off the communicator.
The inside of the room had gone completely dark. Amidst all sorts of unknown terrors, Yuan Xi’s voice suddenly sounded faintly but incredibly clear next to Luo XiaoLou’s ears, “I’ll send you into the lifeboat. The safest lifeboat can only carry one person, so you leave first, you’re much weaker than us. Remember, I’ll come for you, until then, just stay alive.”
Yuan Xi’s hot breath sprayed against Luo XiaoLou’s ears, and after two seconds, he added, “Also, you don’t really have to be afraid of those nightmares, they won’t come true.”
Luo XiaoLou lowered his head. The hand with which he held Yuan Xi was surrounded by a certain warmth, and he suddenly laughed quietly. Perhaps he didn’t trust Yuan Xi as much as Yuan Xi trusted him.
“What are you mad about at this hour?” Yuan Xi muttered in a disgruntled whisper.
Luo XiaoLou thought that was probably the gentlest sounding thing Yuan Xi had ever said, and he stopped shaking completely and said, “No, I didn’t say I was leaving. Maybe it’s safer if I stay.” All the nightmares I fear are moments without you.
Yuan Xi was silent for a few seconds before gripping Luo XiaoLou’s hand more firmly, and a significantly lighter voice came out of the darkness, “Well, I also think you made the better choice.”
Before they could leave, the ship suddenly steadied down and the room was once again brightly lit.
After a few more moments, Yuan Xi’s door was slammed open with a bang, and the people outside rushed in.
Captain Kent, who rushed in first, shouted loudly, “Your Highness, are you all right?”
Yuan Xi, proud of his charm, was planning to kiss Luo XiaoLou, but now he had to hastily let go of the person beside him, and coughed as he said, “Of course, I would have been better if you knew to knock first.” After saying that, Yuan Xi took Luo XiaoLou with him to the other room.
The Captain’s face was a little embarrassed, he seemed to have disturbed His Royal Highness the Prince — could he say they had a psychologically tough future King who was still in the mood for romance at a time like this? He was truly worthy of being the son of His Majesty, Yuan Lie.
Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou hurriedly changed out of their clothes, as almost everyone was already assembled in their room. The others were obviously no better than Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou, with Yuan Nuo also wearing pajamas, and Shao Rong even wearing a towel around his waist, looking like he had just taken a bath — in this day and age, only His Highness Yuan Xi would still be conservative enough to want a bath. Of course, only when Luo XiaoLou was around did he pay attention to conservatism and moderation.
“What’s going on now?” Yuan Xi asked.
Captain Kent immediately reported heartily on the situation, “Your Highness, I think we’re in big trouble. We just encountered a particle storm when we exited the space jump point. The storm itself wasn’t big, our ships were only affected to some extent, and there wasn’t excessive damage. However, it has just been discovered through predictions that another larger particle storm will hit in five hours. Until then, we must leave the central area of the storm and find a place to rest. Our original plan was to recuperate at the Zawen Base before entering the Landa sector from there. But our route to the Zawen Base is located exactly in the central region of the particle storm.”
Yue Shang nodded in agreement, “That’s a real problem, it will take us at least a day to get to the Zawen Base from the jump point, and as it stands, there’s no way we can make it to the base before the particle storm arrives. It will be very dangerous if we don’t find a place to rest before then, after all we don’t know when the particle storm will stop.”
Several of the men around the table looked at Yuan Xi, waiting for him to make his decision.
Captain Kent hesitated and suggested, “Your Highness, if we really can’t, we can deviate from our intended course and find a safe place to shelter before heading to the Landa Domain when the particle storm has passed.”
Yuan Xi frowned and said, “Is there an alternate route to the Landa Domain?”
Captain Kent opened the star map and at the end of the course marked in red was Zawen Base. The Captain pointed to a dark dot in the northeast and said, “There is, but it’s almost as good as nothing. This is Louis Planet, a private planet named after Sir Louis, and I’m told he has a door to the Landa Domain at his base. But no one has been able to get the key from the stubborn and petty Sir Louis. He has always thought that those who enter through that door will take away his luck.”
Yuan Xi looked at the star map, that private planet was on the edge of the particle storm so it shouldn’t be too badly affected, and the jump point was also much closer to Louis Planet, so they should be able to get there in half a day.
“Just go there and try to get the key. Even if you can’t get it, it’s safer there than anywhere else when the particle storm comes,” Yuan Xi said.
No one disagreed, and Captain Kent nodded, also thinking that this was the best way to go, and he immediately went to reset the course.
Two minutes later, the ship changed course and quickly headed northeast.
Six hours later, they were already sailing through a faint storm.
Captain Kent’s face was getting darker. They had just tried to contact Louis Planet to request a landing, but there was no response. However, just when they were about to land, a line actually came out on the big screen: Leave immediately.