Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Of course Luo XiaoLou didn’t care about Abel’s inexplicable comment, but he never understood what Abel was comparing him to. Was it the speed of opening the box? In the next second, Luo XiaoLou forgot about it. Because of the safe return of Yuan Xi and the others, they were given a warm and grand welcome at the Imperial Capital.
The Imperial prince and the rookies had completed that incredibly difficult A-rank mission together, which was an absolutely amazing achievement. People seemed to see an even more glorious future for the Empire amidst their pride and joy.
As a few people made their way back to the palace, countless flowers were falling from the sky, cannons were firing, the usually half-empty streets were filled with people, and the uppermost sky was floating with countless mecha.
All this excitement was also related to the fact that the empire would soon be hosting another major event, namely, the marriage ceremony of the empire’s only heir, Prince Yuan Xi, which would be held in ten days.
Almost everyone was complaining that this arrangement was too rushed, especially the court officials in charge of the wedding, who felt that they should have been given more time to prepare for such a grand wedding.
The officials and aristocrats, who were far away from Tiras, were even more unprepared. They had to leave for Imperial Capital before they could even prepare their gifts carefully.
But Yuan Xi, who had made the decision, felt differently and wanted the wedding to take place on the day he returned. Ten days was barely acceptable to him. What was more splendid was that his parents didn’t say anything else. And the vague objections at the beginning disappeared, most likely everyone saw his determination to marry Luo XiaoLou.
Luo XiaoLou once again met with Yuan Lie and Feng JiaLing. Yuan Lie first praised and encouraged Yuan Xi and Yue Shang, both of whom were very successful in their trial missions. The things they got would be sent to the military R&D department, and the things made from those things would be given priority to their respective groups.
While those three were talking, Feng JiaLing stood up, walked over to Luo XiaoLou and said, “Let them say their words. You come with me.”
Luo XiaoLou admired this stunningly talented His Majesty the Queen from the bottom of his heart. But because of this, he felt even more nervous with Feng JiaLing. Before leaving, Luo XiaoLou subconsciously looked back at Yuan Xi, only to find that both Yuan Xi and His Majesty, the King were staring toward them. Even Yue Shang, who was next to the two, was looking at Feng JiaLing with complicated eyes.
Knowing that someone else was even more uneasy than he was, Luo XiaoLou immediately felt at ease and walked briskly out after Feng JiaLing.
After the two of them disappeared, Yuan Lie and Yuan Xi silently withdrew their eyes. Was it a conversation between wives? Ah, I hope that guy doesn’t bring up some weird inspiration, Yuan Lie frowned.
The son, on the other hand, thought uneasily, hoping that his mother wouldn’t instill some strange things into the slave – like rebelling against him or not letting him into the bedroom or something.
Yue Shang, on the other hand, looked a little pale, as His Majesty, Feng JiaLing, had never treated him so well, although he had always been polite to him.
Luo XiaoLou followed Feng JiaLing into a gorgeous little living room. Feng JiaLing sat down on the sofa and greeted Luo XiaoLou, who sat beside him. The housekeeper appeared silently and at the right time, making black tea for the two of them and bringing them cakes.
Luo XiaoLou stared at the little snacks, deeply suspecting that Mr. Butler knew what Yuan Xi liked, and many of them were from Miki!
When the two of them were left in the small living room again, Feng JiaLing put down his cup, leaned back comfortably on the back of his chair and said, “Because he is an heir, Yuan Xi has been trained unimaginably harshly and very strictly since he was a child. This has directly led to us not spending much time with him. However, Yuan Xi has always had his own ideas since he was a child and is very stubborn. Once he’s decided something, it’s hard for others to change his mind.”
Feng JiaLing’s voice was slightly cool like his people’s, but his tone and demeanor were considered gentle, and Luo XiaoLou’s nervousness slowly disappeared. Also, he would love to hear about Yuan Xi from His Majesty the Queen, there might be a side to it that he didn’t know about.
Feng JiaLing continued, “Of course, the same goes for personality, I think you should know a little bit about that.”
Luo XiaoLou’s mouth twitched. To call it stubbornness was too polite and simple for what should truthfully be called overbearing and unreasonable!
“Yuan Xi has excelled in every aspect since he was a child, except for one aspect, and that is affection – for which Yuan Lie and I should be held responsible. He’s too simple in this regard, and even though he’s surrounded by many people who like him, Yuan Xi is completely unimpressed and won’t allow anyone with a special purpose to freely approach him. Therefore, his treatment of lovers may be a bit cold.” Feng JiaLing deliberated, looking for reasons to make some amends for his son’s emotional shortcomings. He had observed that Yuan Xi was very fond of Luo XiaoLou, but expressed it even worse than his father. He even wondered if his son had ever said anything sweet to cheer Luo XiaoLou up.
“Really? I think he’s quite cute, especially in the emotional aspect.” Luo XiaoLou said without pressure, the corners of Luo XiaoLou’s mouth curling up slightly at the thought of Yuan Xi’s awkward personality, forever using angry or sarcastic words to show he cared.
As for indifference, Luo XiaoLou wished more than anything that Yuan Xi wasn’t always so passionate in bed.
Feng JiaLing was stunned, then smiled slightly. It seemed his worries were unnecessary.
Luo XiaoLou looked at Feng JiaLing in rapt fascination and thought jealously to himself that Yuan Xi’s perfect genes had something to do with the way he looked.
Taking a glance at Luo XiaoLou’s wrist, Feng JiaLing said in surprise, “Didn’t Yuan Xi prepare a protective shield for you?” He remembered the last time Yuan Xi had given Luo XiaoLou the protective shield he had used since he was a child, the one he had given to Yuan Xi many years ago.
Speaking of which, Luo XiaoLou said not too kindly, “He gave me two of them, but they’re all broken.”
Feng JiaLing smiled, took off a silver chain from his wrist, handed it to Luo XiaoLou and said, “This is the protective shield that Yuan Lie found for me. The name is Formless, it should be better than a normal one.”
Luo XiaoLou was stunned, and even refused, “Since it was given to you by His Majesty, the King, and you need it, I can have Yuan Xi-“
“Do you think I need protection more than you do?” Feng JiaLing raised his eyebrows and handed the chain to Luo XiaoLou with a look that could not be doubted.
Luo XiaoLou hesitated for a moment and took it as a gesture of gratitude. He thought, dripping with sweat, how much this was like a mother-in-law handing a bracelet to her daughter-in-law who had just entered the house, saying, ‘This is our family heirloom.’
“In addition, we know roughly about your background, so don’t worry, there will be absolutely no embarrassment.” Feng Feng JiaLing said again.
“…Hopefully.” Luo XiaoLou replied not very confidently, this result would only be valid if his exotic beast identity wasn’t revealed.
Thinking about the marriage, Luo XiaoLou hesitantly asked, “Did you guys really agree to our marriage so easily? It seems to me that His Majesty Yuan Lie doesn’t like me very much.”
Feng JiaLing’s eyes welled up with laughter as he shook his head, “Of course you are not accepted lightly. We have investigated a lot before this. Your background, your persona, and even the people you came into contact with. In these aspects, although you’re not very brilliant, you’re still a nice young man, and we’re quite satisfied. Besides, Yuan Xi doesn’t need to marry someone with an illustrious status to consolidate his rule, he just needs to find someone he truly likes.
“As for your claim that Yuan Lie doesn’t like you, do you truly think that?” Feng JiaLing smilingly glanced at Luo XiaoLou. Since Luo XiaoLou knew about Yuan Xi’s personality, couldn’t he speculate about his father’s personality?
Luo XiaoLou realized what Feng JiaLing meant and dripped with sweat again. These two were really father and son, he knowingly uncovered the question. However, Luo XiaoLou was very happy to have the approval of Yuan Xi’s parents.
In this harmonious and beautiful atmosphere, they chatted for a while longer until Yuan Lie and Yuan Xi walked in. They both saw the silver chain on Luo XiaoLou’s arm and looked moved.
Yuan Lie sat next to Feng JiaLing and said to the two of them, “In the next few days, you will go and prepare for the wedding. Let everything else go. Luo XiaoLou will not go to the military mecha department for a while. Finally, congratulations. You can have your wedding early.”
Yuan Lie was still serious, but this first look at Luo XiaoLou didn’t hide the satisfaction in his eyes. Although his talent and looks might not be as good as Yue Shang’s, Yuan Lie also felt in his heart that Luo XiaoLou was a better match for Yuan Xi than Yue Shang, who was gentle and kind, hardworking and sincere – okay, a little money-loving though.
But the flaws didn’t hide the fact that, crucially, Luo XiaoLou happened to complement Yuan Xi. Beside Luo XiaoLou, Yuan Xi would become more like a normal person, not just an emotionless precision judge, or the perfect heir in everyone’s eyes.
Yuan Lie recalled the time Yuan Xi proudly showed off the mecha Luo XiaoLou had made him, and the way he showed off the Energy Box. Yuan Xi bragged about how delicious Luo XiaoLou’s cooking was – which was mentioned a few more times – and Yuan Lie snuck a glance at Feng JiaLing as he thought about it.
Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou had dinner with the two of them before returning to Yuan Xi’s bedroom, where Yuan Xi went to shower.
125 said, “If this had been there, Qian Heng wouldn’t have opened everything so easily, and you could have at least supported me until I finished upgrading.”
Speaking of Qian Heng, 125 suddenly stopped moving, it raised its head, looked at Luo XiaoLou and said in a rare and serious voice, “In the future, you have to be careful of Qian Heng. Although we had no other choice at that time, Yuan Xi and the others didn’t know that Qian Heng was powerful. The disaster that Qian Heng will bring to humanity in the future might be unimaginable, and when that happens, Yuan Xi and the others will definitely regret letting him go.”
Luo XiaoLou who was a little distracted suddenly stiffened at 125’s words. He quickly looked up and around as if there was a terrible enemy hiding in the shadows, and not until he saw the clothes that Yuan Xi threw on the ground, did Luo XiaoLou relax.
“You also said we didn’t have a choice at the time, and even if they regret it, there’s no use. The only way to not let Qian Heng out was if we didn’t open the seal.” Luo XiaoLou sighed, “But we had to open it.” At that time, he and Qian Heng had opened the restriction together, and Qian Heng took one of the boxes, which was the key to Qian Heng’s departure.
Luo XiaoLou didn’t have enough reason to stop Yuan Xi. No one knew then that there was an exotic beast there, and even if he had known, opening Landa’s seal would have been necessary for him. He could only open those restraints to get what 125’s master had left behind.
“What exactly is the thing your master left?” Luo XiaoLou suddenly remembered what 125 had once said, and it might have something to do with whether or not he would live past the age of thirty.
“Wait for me to bring it to you.” 125 hadn’t found a chance to give it to Luo XiaoLou in the past two days.
125 was going through his things when the bathroom door opened.
Yuan Xi came out and 125 reluctantly left the bed and headed for his room as Yuan Xi’s eyes haunted him. It looked like it will have to be given to Luo XiaoLou tomorrow.
Luo XiaoLou looked at Yuan Xi, he was still tight-lipped and still sarcastic, but there was a distinct joy in Yuan Xi’s eyes these days. Yuan Xi was really looking forward to this wedding.
But he had so much to hide and even deceive Yuan Xi about, Luo XiaoLou cleared his dry throat and managed to say, “Yuan Xi, we need to talk.”
Yuan Xi looked up at him, “Exactly what I was thinking.”