Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Luo XiaoLou saw Yuan Xi’s eyes were closed and seemed to be asleep. He hesitated for a moment, carefully stepped on his back and gently lay down. The wooden bed was too hard, and it was rare that Yuan Xi, who was accustomed to enjoying himself, would just lie down and sleep. Besides, he was actually awkward in this form, and didn’t feel safe at all.
Also, after entering the room and seeing no one else was there, Yuan Xi made it clear that he didn’t want to be around him anymore. It seemed that Yuan Xi was far from forgiving him and hated him for being an exotic beast. Luo XiaoLou was not happy about this. Even after all the communication – or more appropriately, interrogation – Yuan Xi was still so petty. A prince should at least have a bigger belly and spare the innocent little citizen with another bloodline, and they’re even married!
Thinking about it, Luo XiaoLou was even more resentful. He missed the very atmospheric setting of the palace bedroom and the food there.
Wait! Yuan Xi couldn’t be planning to annul his marriage, right? It was very possible with him not being able to turn into a human, and he even introduced him to others as a prisoner – like how much he couldn’t get his hands on him.
Luo XiaoLou fidgeted and finally scratched the blue necklace on his stomach. It was possible that 125 could help him remove his animal form. However, 125 must be injured. He wondered how it was doing now? If he had Source of Consciousness, he might be able to help repair it.
Despite his dissatisfaction with Yuan Xi and his concern for 125, Luo XiaoLou’s breathing steadied after he rolled over a few times.
A hand came up to cradle him, and after finding the animal to be completely un-vigilant in the way other felines were, he placed him on the edge of the pillow before burying his head on his neck with its soft white fur.
Yuan Xi fell asleep much later than Luo XiaoLou. Once they did, the house was quiet, except for the occasional flash of blue light from the blue necklace around Luo XiaoLou’s neck.
When he woke up the next day, Luo XiaoLou angrily complained that Yuan Xi was using him as a cushion, which he used to do, but under the threat that his fur was good for a hat and that Yuan Xi might dislike him, Luo XiaoLou’s patience quickly decreased.
After Luo XiaoLou finished writing with great difficulty, Yuan Xi gave him a sarcastic glance, “What use do you have now?”
The words made Luo XiaoLou wilt. Especially, after Yuan Xi roughly wiped his paws and face – he couldn’t have expected better from Yuan Xi. Then Yuan Xi silently felt around for something in his pocket and then expertly clasped it around Luo XiaoLou’s neck.
There was a clicking sound, and Luo XiaoLou realized there was something extra on his neck. He looked at Yuan Xi dumbfounded. He had actually put a collar on him!
“If you dare to take it off, I’ll tie you up every day. Don’t forget, you’re still waiting for punishment for your crime.” Yuan Xi threatened, and his tone was especially gentle whenever he said such things. He had to show those people that this damn animal which only got into trouble and brought him more trouble had a master!
Luo XiaoLou, who had the Lord’s attention throughout breakfast, was very melancholy.
After eating, Yuan Xi asked where he could find the energy stones as he prepared to go out.
Li Jay hesitated and said, “Are you planning to enter District D in three days?”
Yuan Xi nodded and asked directly, “I want to leave the gray hole. Is there a way?” He couldn’t just leave his parents. He had many responsibilities.
Li Jay was stunned and quickly laughed bitterly, “Dude, you’re killing me. Everyone who comes here wants to leave. But no one can leave here, really. Even if, as you say, you manage to get out of the Grey Hole, it’s hard to say where you’ll go after you get out and if it’ll be any better than here. For all I know, those who tried to leave ended up dead.”
Yuan Xi looked at Li Jay, picked up Luo XiaoLou and turned to walk out the door.
Li Jay saw that Yuan Xi, despite his poor physical strength, hadn’t changed his mind at all after hearing him out, shouted at Yuan Xi, “Hey, buddy, wait! I won’t stop you if you want to go, but remember, you have to be back in the Outer District by five o’clock this afternoon. After five o’clock it will be like yesterday outside. The negative particle storm will be overwhelming. Staying outside is tantamount to suicide.”
Yuan Xi nodded his head and left without looking back.
Xiao Qiao watched from the courtyard, slightly worried about the direction Yuan Xi had left, and turned back to Li Jay, “Brother, I think it’s hard enough. There’s no telling if he’ll come back safely today.”
Li Jay gave a thoughtful ‘Mn, that’s all we can help with. We’ll definitely be entering District D in three days. I can leave him the house and extra food, but he’ll be on his own after that.”
Li Jay’s power of observation was much better than Xiao Qiao’s naturally. He felt that although the person he saved yesterday looked weak, he had a convincing strength of his own, and it would definitely not be easy in the future. If this person became stronger in the future, they could help each other. Even if there was no improvement in the future, they would not lose anything.
Xiao Qiao nodded and said, “Alright then, I’ll go pack and go to the mountain with Jay-ge today.”
Yuan Xi’s body visibly stiffened after he stepped outside the boundary, and Luo XiaoLou looked up at him worriedly, surprised to find that the environment here didn’t seem to affect him. But now, in his current state, he was completely useless.
Yuan Xi continued to walk forward, and many of the people from the Outer District also moved at this time, most of them showing a look of amazement or surprise when they saw Yuan Xi, the newcomer. But Yuan Xi’s air of being a stranger to life kept the crowd from coming up to accost him. Even a few gangsters just stared this way for a few moments before moving on.
Most of the crowd entered a cave nearest to the Outer District and Yuan Xi walked here slowly, but then turned a corner and headed back.
Luo XiaoLou was shocked. Li Jay had just said, and he had listened, the first mountain was mostly level 1 energy stones, and the plants or animals guarding the energy stones were of the lowest class. The later ones though had level two energy stones, but the animals guarding them were even stronger.
With Yuan Xi looking like this, what else did he want to do? Luo XiaoLou sharpened the tips of his claws on Yuan Xi’s clothes, and he felt he had to do something.
Luo XiaoLou wrote on Yuan Xi’s hand, “You go back. If you don’t get the energy stone, what will we eat?”
Luo XiaoLou hoped to use the crisis of eating to dissuade Yuan Xi from risking his life, but Yuan Xi wasn’t affected at all.
Yuan Xi stalked down to a cave, which wasn’t part of the second mountain and didn’t yet have a secondary energy stone or guardian beast. In front of Luo XiaoLou’s surprised eyes, Yuan Xi stopped at the entrance of the cave.
He took out the shield that Feng JiaLing had given Luo XiaoLou, and was pleased to see that the invisible shield was undamaged after reaching the cave. Yuan Xi reattached the energy box to Luo XiaoLou’s claws and opened the shield.
Yuan Xi coldly instructed, “Stay here and don’t move, I’ll be out by noon. If there’s danger, run inside.”
Luo XiaoLou looked inside uneasily as Yuan Xi walked into the dark cave without looking back.
Luo XiaoLou was about to go inside when the necklace around his neck moved and a fat green dinosaur appeared next to Luo XiaoLou.
Looking at 125, who was a little taller than him, Luo XiaoLou burst into tears, “125! You’re finally out! How’re you? Are you all right with your injuries?”
125 was also excited, staring at the collar around Luo XiaoLou’s neck with wide eyes, “Did you guys play ‘Master and Servant’ while I was away? Yuan Xi’s taste is so strong!”
‘Master and Servant’ your sister! Do you think I look like I can play any tricks!
Luo XiaoLou said coldly and expressionlessly, “…… I suddenly feel that you need to reinstall the system.” This would have been a much more imposing and threatening statement if it wasn’t necessary to look up to 125.
125 coughed and changed the subject, “When I dropped in, I had mostly outside damage. Now that I have unusually ample materials, I’m done repairing myself.”
“Good, it’s a bit complicated right now. We need to get out of the grey hole as soon as possible. Yuan Xi’s constitution is very compromised here.” Luo XiaoLou said.
“No, it’s not just him. If you become human, you’ll also be affected.” 125 said smugly, “Now you’ve discovered the benefits of being an exotic beast, right? As for leaving the gray hole, it’s not impossible. Give me a few days to run calculations and simulations and I’ll find the best way to leave. But probably, you’ll need to build a small ship.”
“Are you kidding me? What am I going to build a spaceship with?” Luo XiaoLou waved his paws and barked at 125.
125 looked at Luo XiaoLou suspiciously for a moment, seemingly surprised that Luo XiaoLou had asked the question. Finally it said reluctantly, “Well, I have a small ship. But it’s broken and in need of an overhaul, so I can lend it to you.” `
“That’s just great!” Luo XiaoLou was pleasantly surprised. It was much less difficult to repair a ship than it was to build one. But then he asked in confusion, “Why do you still have this?”
125’s eyes began to wander, “When – of course it was for my collection. It was found when I was still with my previous owner, when at a ruin after a war. At the time, I thought it suited my aesthetics, so I collected it while the owner wasn’t looking.”
What did you mean by collecting while the owner wasn’t looking? Surely no one will tolerate your collecting habits.
But having it now was a big help, so Luo XiaoLou nodded in satisfaction. Soon however, he thought of something else, “But I can only overhaul the ship if I become human, right?”
“There’s no need to rush this. You should try to restore your Spiritual Power first, and then try again when your Spiritual Power is sufficient.” 125 said.
Luo XiaoLou sighed, that was all he could do for now. He was going to start strengthening or stockpiling Spiritual Power the same way he had trained his Source of Consciousness, and it should work just as well. Besides, the ship was built differently than the mecha, so he needed to research it beforehand.
“Also, the ship has to have a huge amount of energy necessary to leave the grey hole, and this can be done using the energy stones here.” 125 calculated, while his eyes began to glow with a familiar, excited light, “You need to prepare the energy stones, the more the better.”
“Okay, I’ll try to recover as soon as possible, and I’ll discuss the energy stones with Yuan Xi later. Also, Yuan Xi’s current constitution is affected. Can you find a way to fix it? The local residents and the animals and plants here seem to be unaffected. Can we start with that?”
125 considered, “Well, I might be able to try to formulate a potion for him, but again, this will take time. It will also require genetic samples of the plants and animals in the grey hole, the more the better, which I can figure out how to collect myself. I should be able to work on an agent that resists V-rays.”
“That’s fine, I’ll help you collect the plant and animal samples since I’d better get the agent as soon as possible. At least for now we don’t have to worry about food. By the way, what the hell is Yuan Xi doing in this cave?” Luo XiaoLou was confused.
Becoming anxious and Intending to check it out, Luo XiaoLou headed inside the cave.
Within a few steps, he saw Yuan Xi, then instantly stared at him.
Yuan Xi’s clothes were tattered, and there were even bloodstains on his body. Opposite him was a giant grey rat like the one they had encountered last time. The gray rat was extremely fast, not weak, and what’s more, its claws and teeth were extremely sharp. Luo XiaoLou’s heart was in his throat because Yuan Xi was so slow and weak and yet he chose the gray rat to challenge.
Yuan Xi minimized his movements, changing direction in the shortest possible time and distance with his black short sword, blocking the deadly attack of the gray rat, and even ignoring the insignificant damage.
From a distance, it looked as if Yuan Xi hadn’t moved a muscle, while the gray rat was jumping up and down around him in a large diameter, furious, but at a loss for words.
When Luo XiaoLou and 125 came in, both Yuan Xi and the gray mouse saw them.
The gray rat’s small red eyes flashed and it drooled, as if it thought it would be better to try a different food than to fight with this person who couldn’t be defeated in a short time.
Sensing the gray rat’s intention, Yuan Xi moved forward and suddenly fell to the ground.
The gray rat was overjoyed, stopped running and opened its mouth to bite Yuan Xi with its sharp teeth. As Luo XiaoLou rushed towards him, Yuan Xi turned to the side, the black short sword in his hand suddenly entered the rat’s mouth and then pierced through the back of its head.
The mouse struggled a few times until it no longer moved.