Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
After the monster-like plants died, the water level dropped with visible speed. The withered plants sank to the deepest part of the lake, and there was no trace of the palace, no matter what. Luo XiaoLou was dumbfounded. How could a palace that magnificent and huge move just anywhere! A moment of loss appeared in Luo XiaoLou’s heart, who had been basking in the joy of the plunder, but he didn’t quite want to admit that it was mainly because of the value of the shining castle.
Then Yue Shang’s voice came over the public channel, “Yuan Xi, we have to go back first. Someone is injured, and also, the energy boxes need to be replenished.”
Luo XiaoLou and Yuan Xi could see through the screen that all the soldiers had been rescued. But some of the men’s energy shields hadn’t sustained them until they were rescued, and they were covered in bruises, the worst one had even suffocated. Each mecha carried quite a few soldiers on it. Shao Rong and Luo ShaoTian saved the most people, Yue Shang also saved quite a few, and probably would have saved more if he hadn’t spent more time searching for Abel.
Besides, after such a ferocious battle, their mecha needed to be cleaned and overhauled.
There was no sign of the sealed lands yet, and even if there was, who knew how many dangers awaited them.
“Return to the battleship first.” Yuan Xi said.
The group took the soldiers back to the Poseidon. Ling Xu and Captain Kent were both extremely surprised that they hadn’t contacted Yuan Xi and the others since the fog had risen. Ling Xu had already had to go out to look for them, and they had actually returned at this time. Locke looked at them strangely for a few moments, and then shrank into a corner.
After briefly understanding the situation, Captain Kent immediately directed his men to take the injured man down for treatment.
Luo XiaoLou considered for a few seconds, intending to go ahead and overhaul the mecha. Abel was still pale from his underwater encounter, but seeing that Luo XiaoLou was asking for their group’s mecha, he gave up on the idea of going to rest first and began collecting his own group’s mecha.
Yuan Xi, who was explaining the arrangements with the captain, glanced at the two, stopped Luo XiaoLou and said, “Wait, the mecha are not a big problem, there is no need to rush. We will set off after a day. All of us should rest first.” Touching the still wet clothes under his hands, Yuan Xi turned black, and the suggestion turned straight into an order.
Luo XiaoLou hesitated for a moment, nodded and turned to head to his room. Abel was stunned but quietly relieved.
Luo XiaoLou wasn’t exactly selflessly eager to help them overhaul the mecha, he wanted to see how 125 was doing. Back in his room, Luo XiaoLou couldn’t be bothered to shower and change, so he first pulled out the necklace in his pocket, shook the water off his face, and shouted, “125?”
The blue stone had completely lost its usual eye-catching color, and was dull and lifeless. No matter how much Luo XiaoLou called out to it, it didn’t move. What was wrong with it?
Luo XiaoLou looked on with a headache. What was even more depressing was that if something went wrong with 125, he wouldn’t even know how to fix it. 125 wasn’t just a mecha. Even though he knew a lot about biological mecha by now, it was a completely different concept from exotic beast mecha.
Luo XiaoLou stood there stunned before subconsciously putting away the necklace in his hand.
Yuan Xi took one look at Luo XiaoLou and walked him over to the sofa. Luo XiaoLou unconsciously tried to make room for Yuan Xi, but Yuan Xi moved directly in front of him, crouched down and lifted one of Luo XiaoLou’s feet.
Luo XiaoLou was shocked, “W – what?”
Yuan Xi rolled up Luo XiaoLou’s pant leg, placed his leg on top of his lap with one hand, took out the healing device with the other, and said quickly, “You’re the only one in my group who’s hurt.” But Yuan Xi, apparently unfamiliar with such tasks as taking care of people, gripped Luo XiaoLou’s leg too tightly, which made Luo XiaoLou uncomfortable.
Luo XiaoLou, who neither moved nor spoke, looked at Yuan Xi with amazement; his first feeling was not one of emotion, but of great reassurance. However, he hadn’t washed himself when he returned, and there was even smelly mud on his ankles.
Yuan Xi seemed to be completely unaware of that and focused on the treatment before he looked up at Luo XiaoLou with great satisfaction, “If you get hurt, it will drag us down.”
Even though Yuan Xi was on one knee in front of Luo XiaoLou, tense and only concerned with treating him a moment before, he had a way of flipping his tone and immediately assuming an air of superiority.
Luo XiaoLou looked at Yuan Xi and suddenly leaned over and kissed him on the cheek. Actually it was definitely not a kiss. Instead of a kiss, calling it a couple of rubs would be more appropriate. Then Luo XiaoLou smiled down at Yuan Xi and said, “Mn, I understand. Thank you.”
The restlessness he’d just felt over 125’s absence had completely calmed down. He would definitely find a way to help 125 wake up.
Yuan Xi stiffened and blushed a bit, then he frowned fiercely at Luo XiaoLou and muttered, “It’s not like I’m asking you to thank me.”
Luo XiaoLou, who used to be at a loss for words when spoken to like a little wife, had become bolder lately. Now, Luo XiaoLou would only act timid when Yuan Xi was truly angry. But then, it seemed that there was nothing wrong with that…
Yuan Xi got up, pulled Luo XiaoLou up and said, “Let’s get some rest, and then, there’s more – Wait, you haven’t even showered yet?! You’re dirty!”
Luo XiaoLou speechlessly allowed Yuan Xi to furiously strip him clean. Did you just now notice this?
But he didn’t dare to open his mouth to question. He hadn’t won in this situation, whether he was justified or not. Despite the slander, Luo XiaoLou suddenly had a strange feeling in his heart. This kind of nerve-less condition Yuan Xi had never shown in front of outsiders. Outside, he had always been a proud, arrogant, and even a bit aloof person, and would never fail to notice something so obvious. But just now, he had held that foot of his for half a day!
Then, once naked, Luo XiaoLou was taken to the bathroom by Yuan Xi for a shower, and oh my, the force of that!
For the first time, Luo XiaoLou enjoyed the service he often did for Yuan Xi, but all covered in pink, Luo XiaoLou thought firmly that he’d rather serve Yuan Xi in the future. He would love to!
After they lay down on the bed, Yuan Xi closed his eyes and waited for Luo XiaoLou to relax, but after two seconds of waiting, he opened his eyes and suddenly asked, “What are you upset about?”
Luo XiaoLou was stunned for a moment, but still said, “125 has a problem. It’s dead and it can’t be restarted.”
Yuan Xi half looked up in surprise, “I thought it would be absolutely fine with its level of cowardice and idiocy…” Yuan Xi said sitting up, “Give it to me and I’ll have Kent fix it. One down, home type droid, the repairman on the ship can probably fix it.”
Luo XiaoLou shook his head, “I want to fix it myself. I can’t hire someone else.”
Yuan Xi hesitated, looking like he still wanted to send 125 for immediate repair. Luo XiaoLou was amazed at how much Yuan Xi valued 125, he obviously often cleaned it up.
Seeing Luo XiaoLou’s insistence, Yuan Xi reluctantly reappeared to lie down again, “Alright, if it doesn’t work, you can leave it to me.”
Luo XiaoLou nodded his head and sighed in his heart. If I can’t do it, no one can. 125 will become a big deal if I let someone else study it.
Probably because of 125, Luo XiaoLou was tired but a bit unable to sleep, he asked, “Where do you think that palace went?”
Tired after a long day’s work and wanting to sleep, Yuan Xi closed his eyes and patiently replied, “How do I know? But I’ll find it, and then it will try to run again…”
Luo XiaoLou continued without an eye roll, “You think it can run? How could it be, unless it’s a submarine, but where does that look like one?”
“I think maybe there’s something wrong with that lake. That’s why it’s growing that kind of sick plant, and why it’s actually coming up with that way to kill people. Ah, Yuan Xi, wake up. I think I know where the sealed place is!”