Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Yuan Xi sat up with a black face and looked at Luo XiaoLou for a full ten seconds before saying, “Your guesses better be a little constructive or I’ll think you deliberately don’t want me to sleep…”
Luo XiaoLou stayed still for a second, he definitely didn’t mean it!
Luo XiaoLou didn’t notice Yuan Xi’s impatient expression, because he was looking at Yuan Xi’s messy black hair, and his bathrobe half undone, so arrogant and sexy. He swallowed hard and said, “If the plants can make our shadows in the water, it can probably make a palace’s shadow too. Think about it, a palace in the depths of a lake, how unrealistic…”
Yuan Xi stared at him and said, “You mean a palace floating in the sky is more realistic-” At this point, Yuan Xi suddenly stopped, “Okay, let’s go to the sky tomorrow and try it!”
Luo XiaoLou finished expressing himself, and finally noticed Yuan Xi’s unkind face, so he immediately rolled over and lay down, adjusting his breathing very regularly within a few seconds to reveal that ‘I’ve fallen into a deep sleep, don’t disturb me.’
Yuan Xi moved his lower lip, and although his face didn’t look too good, he didn’t say anything, but instead took the opportunity to move a little more towards Luo XiaoLou when he lay down – until Luo XiaoLou was next to him.
The next day, Luo XiaoLou headed to the studio early in the morning with a few space knobs in tow. It was still dark outside, and LandaPlanet’s long night hadn’t passed.
Most of the cleaning was done, and the mecha overhaul was quickly completed. Only 125 was dead or alive. Luo XiaoLou observed for half a day but nothing could be done, and his heart began to get restless again.
After breakfast, Yuan Xi told them what he had been thinking about last night, and then announced that he and Yue Shang would take two teams to the sky today to look for the strange plants they had encountered yesterday.
This time, Yuan Xi refused Captain Kent’s request to send his soldiers, probably because Captain Kent realized that although the soldiers wanted to protect the Prince, they would be in danger and would be dragged down.
At Captain Kent’s request, Ling Xu went with them this time.
Luo XiaoLou sat in the second seat of Yuan Xi’s mecha, looking out at the dark sky. It was probably cloudy, as not even the stars could be seen.
The searchlight on the mecha allowed them to see about 500 meters away, and although it was cloudy, there was no fog, so the group was soon over the big lake from last night.
Yuan Xi and Yue Shang decided to split up into four groups to look in all directions, keeping in touch with each other at all times.
After half an hour, Luo XiaoLou began to get depressed. Had he thought wrong? If not, how come they haven’t found it in so long? There was nothing in the quiet night sky except for a few searching beams of light.
Seeing Yuan Xi’s glance over at him, Luo XiaoLou immediately expressed his anger, “Surprisingly there isn’t anything? This damned castle! I don’t know where it’s hiding, it can’t really have legs, can it?!”
Yuan Xi looked at him and then calmly turned back to continue his search, it really didn’t make sense that someone would already be asking if they should give up looking in the sky when all the teams were reporting none.
Yuan Xi didn’t say a word as Cloudy Sky turned and headed upwards, Yuan Nuo’s mecha following close behind.
“Maybe it’s not here. Maybe it’s not up there. Maybe there’s only a cloud,” Luo XiaoLou said in frustration, when Cloudy Sky was suddenly shaken by a tremendous vibration and he fell sideways.
Yuan Xi immediately pushed him back, activated the safety device for him, and with his other hand, quickly typed in the command and Cloudy Sky flew downwards. At the same time, he quickly said to Yuan Nuo, “There’s something there, fly down.”
They descended for a full twenty meters before Yuan Xi stopped Cloudy Sky and Luo XiaoLou asked dizzily, “What’s going on?”
Yuan Xi squinted at the night sky on the screen and said, “You’re probably right this time. The castle is indeed here. It’s just a dozen meters above our heads.”
Luo XiaoLou stared at the screen in amazement and said, “But there’s not even a single ghost shadow to be seen within 500 meters…”
“It’s disguised and forbidden, and what you’re seeing is fake,” Yuan Xi said, while sending their coordinates to the others.
The others came over quickly, knowing there was something up there, and everyone was careful to stay on top of it.
“If it’s forbidden, I’ll blast it open with a particle cannon?” Yuan Nuo said.
“No. Usually there are countermeasures in places where there is a ban, especially in a place like this, so let’s be careful.” Yue Shang spoke out to stop it.
Yuan Xi was about to speak when Shao Rong suddenly said, “I’ll go down and take a look.”
After saying that, Shao Rong jumped out of the mecha and then jumped onto Yue Shang’s mecha’s shoulder, Yue Shang’s mecha slowly moved upwards until Shao Rong made a stop gesture.
Shao Rong reached up and touched it, and the moment he lifted his hand, a huge roar suddenly rang out in the sky.
The crowd immediately retreated back, Yue Shang also maneuvered the mecha back, but after he retreated more than ten meters, he was surprised to find that Shao Rong didn’t even come back with him, but hung alone in the dark night sky.
Abel saw what was happening outside and immediately said, “Don’t worry about it, it doesn’t seem to be what you think.”
Yue Shang pursed his lips and looked at Shao Rong, who was hanging in the air, then saw something in the night sky that was slowly becoming clearer. Only after seeing the shape of that thing did Yue Shang relax and sit down. But soon, he showed a shocked expression.
Luo XiaoLou was stunned as he looked at the huge castle that appeared in the transparent cover, “There’s actually a castle here! And it’s studded with jewels!!! God, it’s worth at least…”
Yuan Xi glared at him and whispered, “Shut up!” Did he have to spend all his exclamations on its value, you know, with the public channel still on! Did I earn too little to support my family and not enough for Luo XiaoLou to spend, Yuan Xi reflected seriously.
Yuan Xi recalled the content of the highest contract he had made with Luo XiaoLou, the Royal Sacred Blood Contract: equal status, fairness in giving and affection, honor and shame, everything – including wealth and life! –Sharing, Telepathic Connections.
Even though Telepathic Connections was currently only developed by him as a seeker, he did give half of his wealth to Luo XiaoLou.
Should he tell him this? No, Yuan Xi quickly vetoed the idea, unbeknownst to Luo XiaoLou he had secretly signed a supreme contract…
Shao Rong was still hanging on to that huge transparent hood, which, with a loud sound, moved slowly downward until it was completely closed.
That huge and magnificent castle was now fully visible to all.
Even more bizarre was the fact that the land it was on was floating silently in the air, quite thick and not small, which made such a sight even more peculiar. Shao Rong was now standing on that land, which meant that the castle was real!
Despite this suspicion, Luo XiaoLou still felt incredibly shocked when such a huge thing appeared in front of him, “Aren’t we really in the Magic World…?”
That’s when Shao Rong waved his hand at them.
The group carefully parked the mecha on the huge floating land and jumped out of the mecha. There was soft earth beneath their feet and even lush trees surrounding the castle, which was simply a floating island.
“Landa’s sealed land.” Yuan Xi said as he gazed at the castle.
“After all this danger, we’ve finally arrived.” Yue Shang exclaimed.
Luo XiaoLou, on the other hand, slowly moved closer to Yuan Xi as his eyes danced and he pressed his hand against his beating heart, which was beating faster and faster.
Hull crouched his body curiously, studied the ground and said, “There is nothing special about the land or the rocks, there is perhaps only one reason it can float in the sky, the island itself is a giant flying machine.”
This conclusion silenced the crowd again, a flying machine of this size was simply not something that could be created at the current human level. This civilization was too scary and too much to envision, which was why the military was still obsessed with this mission for so many years. However, no one had ever succeeded.
“It’s very possible,” said Mu Chen, looking around, “and the fact that we can see the stars may mean that what we’re seeing now is the real sky. Not only has the craft set up a camouflage, this camouflage may be more than just a shield. But there is also a considerable amount of smoke, which gives us the illusion that the sky is overcast.”
Yuan Xi looked at the castle and said, “Let’s go in and take a look.”
Everyone retrieved their mecha, took out their personal weapons, and slowly made their way to the castle.
The wind from the night sky blew across the quiet island. There was a rustle of leaves, but other than that, the entire castle, or the entire island, was terribly quiet.
As they drew closer to the castle, Luo XiaoLou’s uneasiness grew worse, and he even wanted to turn around and run away. The intense chill that he had felt in the lake when he used his Source of Consciousness power had only lasted for a few seconds and quickly disappeared. Now, however, that malice had reached its peak and remained over him.
Yuan Xi turned back and gripped Luo XiaoLou’s hand, handed him a Particle Gun, and activated the shield for him.
Yue Shang looked at Shao Rong from time to time, but distracted by Yuan Xi’s action, he grew a bit pale.
The crowd soon arrived in front of the castle, and surprisingly, the castle had three gates.
Yuan Xi and Yue Shang stopped at the same time, and they looked at each other. Yuan Xi said, “Find them in groups. If you have any information, contact them immediately.”
Yue Shang nodded, “Good.”
Yuan Xi looked behind Yue Shang, paused for a few seconds and said to Yue Shang, “Be safe.”
Yue Shang quirked his eyebrows and smiled, “I’m touched every time I hear you say that. Don’t worry, I’m not weak enough to need protection.”
Yuan Nuo paled and turned a hateful glance at Luo XiaoLou, who was hiding behind Yuan Xi, and moved his lips, but didn’t say anything. Well, even if Cousin didn’t say to Luo XiaoLou to pay attention to safety, I knew that when it came to real danger, Cousin would do anything to protect him with his own life, which no one could compare to.
Yuan Xi took a few people through the door on the left, while Yue Shang took their group through the door on the right, while the middle door remained closed tightly.
Inside the castle’s high domes, long, ornate corridors and halls were studded with glittering gems. And at the end of the long, seemingly unseen hall was a high dais.
For the first time, Luo XiaoLou wasn’t attracted by the riches. He was now chilled all over his body. He felt like he was freezing, but no one else seemed to have this kind of cold feeling except him. And for some reason, none of the five people were talking now. In the silence of the footsteps, Luo XiaoLou’s heart began to be filled with despair.
However, just at this moment, Luo XiaoLou’s ears suddenly heard 125’s voice.
“Stop! stop quickly!”
Luo XiaoLou was smart, the cold was still there, but he came back to his senses, and he was busy saying to 125 in his consciousness, “What’s going on? What’s wrong with you these days? Are you okay now?”
125 hesitated and then said full of apologies and guilt, “I’m not alright, as soon as we arrived at this planet the program set up inside started and I was forced to shut down and upgrade the system. That – I’ll explain to you later,” 125 continued anxiously, “Don’t ask anything right now. Listen to me, you have to stop and go inside that hall in the middle.”
Luo XiaoLou asked confusedly, “Is it to get what your master left behind for me? But now that Yuan Xi and the others are here, there’s no way I can-“
“No, they’re all mind-controlled. Haven’t you noticed, they’re all moving forward now. There’s a terrifying Source of Consciousness force inside this palace, and it’s controlling them all for now, don’t worry. So, we can take this opportunity to get those things.”
Luo XiaoLou turned to look at his companions beside him and indeed found them all walking forward with blank faces, he took in a breath of cold air, “You mean there’s another exotic beast here, and this exotic beast is controlling everyone?”
125 was silent for two seconds and quickly said, “You could say that.”
“No, before that, I have to wake them up-” Luo XiaoLou subconsciously went to tug on Yuan Xi.
“Don’t wake him up! You have to go get that thing now-” 125 seemed to be in a hurry, urging Luo XiaoLou on and on.
Luo XiaoLou stopped moving and he said seriously, “125, since I promised to rescue your master, I will do it. However, if there is a conflict with Yuan Xi’s safety, you should know my options.”
125 paused, surprised and sad, “Did you think I only told you to go get that thing for my master’s sake? I’m doing it for you too! Can’t find my master without those things, and at the same time, you can’t live past thirty. You used the Source of Consciousness force to save me, and things were getting to the point where I couldn’t let you die. That’s why I had to take a big risk to stop updating the system midway and come out to warn you.”
Looking at Luo XiaoLou’s touched look, 125 continued, “If you wake them up now, the result will be that you’ll all die here. If you get that thing, we still have a chance to survive.” After saying that, 125 apprehensively added, “Do you – do you trust me?”
Luo XiaoLou’s pace slowed, and after a moment, he started to pull back the hand that was being held by Yuan Xi. But Yuan Xi’s grip was very tight, and it took him a great deal of effort to pull it out.
In that moment, Luo XiaoLou even felt a coldness around Yuan Xi, and Luo XiaoLou knew that he was angry.
As Luo XiaoLou passed by, Luo ShaoTian’s hand suddenly grabbed his sleeve, and although his face remained expressionless, Luo XiaoLou was surprised to find that Luo ShaoTian was also angry. Luo ShaoTian opened his mouth and mouthed without a sound, “Don’t go.”
Those two words were silent, but Luo XiaoLou could see them very clearly. Probably this act of resisting the Source of Consciousness force was quite strenuous, and Luo ShaoTian’s face took on a pained look.
Luo XiaoLou looked at Luo ShaoTian in surprise and whispered, “I’ll be back.”
After saying that, he pulled out his sleeve and quickly walked back. He chose to believe in 125, in fact, in the grand scheme of things, he had never doubted it.
At the same time, Yuan Xi was still walking forward with the other three people without turning back.
On his way out of the gate, for some unknown reason, Luo XiaoLou involuntarily looked back.
Then his footsteps stopped, Yuan Xi was looking back at him, although he was still walking forward, he actually turned back. There was anger and sadness in his eyes, and even a hint of hope.
“Don’t worry about all that, Yuan Xi won’t remember what happened.” 125 said anxiously.
Luo XiaoLou knew that Yuan Xi wanted him back, and even though 125 had said that Yuan Xi wasn’t conscious right now, his heart suddenly ached violently.
Luo XiaoLou looked at Yuan Xi for a moment and turned to the middle door.