Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The surrounding people shouted in alarm, even Ling Xiao’s face had some changes.
Luo XiaoLou reluctantly moved with the sword that emitted a blue flame, and handed it back to Ling Xiao. The flame was a form of energy, energy strange and powerful. But the hilt of the sword was made of very special material, as long as you held the hilt, the owner of the sword would not be harmed.
The company had been in the process of developing the new product for the past two years.
“I didn’t think you were a weapon repairer. You have done quite well.” Ling Xiao said, although the working method was a bit peculiar, there was no denying that his repair skills were excellent.
“Mn, you’re too kind. For this aspect, I actually don’t know much.” Luo XiaoLou honestly said. If it was repairing mecha, he would have a better bottom line. But having studied the basic theory of the profession in school, when repairing machinery, sometimes it’s easy to get started when it’s touch and go.
As he said this, Luo XiaoLou had stopped coveting other people’s weapons. And instead was staring at the hilt of the sword, where a very ornate looking chain was draped over it. At the end of that chain, the pendant dangling from it was quite familiar. If he remembered correctly, it was the name of the Yuan Che that Yuan Xi had spoken of.
Ling Xiao was silent for two seconds, thinking that Luo XiaoLou was just being polite, he casually took out two Level 2 energy stones from his pocket and handed them to Luo XiaoLou, “This is the cost of repairing the sword.”
Luo Xiao’s eyes flashed with surprise, but he quickly suppressed his desire for the energy stones and quickly said, “That- I don’t know if it’s not a bit presumptuous to say- but, I don’t want the energy stone. Can you give me your sword pendant?”
Ling Xiao was stunned. Even the people around him who had recovered from the shock they had just felt, stared at Luo XiaoLou incredulously.
“Oh my, it really is someone who has never seen the world before. That’s two Grade 2 energy stones, enough to keep him for six days.”
“Yeah, no matter how valuable the sword pendant is, he has to live first.”
Ling Xiao’s face remained unchanged as he casually unwrapped the sword pendant and handed it to Luo XiaoLou, along with the two Level 2 energy stones, “The repair fee still needs to be paid. And this, consider it a gift for your help.”
Luo XiaoLou’s mouth said how nice this was, but his hands were not polite at all, and he received it with a happy face. The pendant was for Yuan Xi, and the energy stones themselves were attractive enough for him.
Some people around him burst out laughing again. So this person wasn’t stupid, but greedy. But Ling Xiao didn’t care, he’d retrieved his sword. Now that the silver was paid, he should hurry back to the advanced energy stone area. His companion was still waiting for him.
However, Ling Xiao didn’t leave immediately, he looked at Luo XiaoLou for two seconds and said, “Usually weapon repairers won’t come out. They prefer to stay in a safe place to make money.”
Luo XiaoLou whispered, “Maybe – they don’t have particularly clingy family members?” If he could, of course he would like to stay in a safe place. But Luo XiaoLou also admitted that there was no place he felt safer than being around Yuan Xi.
Ling Xiao continued, “If you want a better paying job, perhaps I can help introduce you to it. Over there, which is the Advanced Energy Stone Area, if you’re willing to go, you’ll get a lot of daily rewards.” And to save time, even if he charged more, those people would be willing to have repairs made nearby.
“Thank you, but I’m afraid that won’t work, for the same reason as just now.” Luo XiaoLou was equally worried. He didn’t know what to do if something happened to Yuan Xi.
The rejected Ling Xiao nodded, no unpleasant look on his face, and just added, “Well, if there are any more problems, we can also come here to find you. After all, it’s much closer than going back to the city.”
“That’s no problem, I can still do some simple repairs.” Luo XiaoLou was surprised but got busy soliciting business. If that really was the case, he would be able to earn an income.
Ling Xiao nodded and asked Luo XiaoLou for his name, then with a stern glance around, he quickly left, so fast that Luo XiaoLou was surprised. Ling Xiao was definitely an ancient martial arts expert as well!
The people around slowly dispersed. Even the few thugs who had just stared at Luo XiaoLou for half a day left. For one thing, they noticed Ling Xiao’s warning glance before he left, and for another, it would definitely be a good thing if they had a weapon repairer here.
Luo XiaoLou walked back with 125, who angrily nagged at the side, “What did he mean, digging a corner while Yuan Xi isn’t here? You should be more demure. Yuan Xi won’t give you the chance to be a lecher!”
Luo XiaoLou glared at the exasperated 125 beside him with a black face, “What do you know? All we exchanged is work. Wait a minute, you’re not that mad because you had to act as a robot, are you?”
“Hey, is that called a moment? I’m stiff – when… Of course that’s not the reason! I’m just giving my advice faithfully for the sake of your marital bliss…” 125 said as he gave Luo XiaoLou a guilty glance.
“Oh, I also think I need to manage it well. I don’t want to leave Yuan Xi for a second time in the future.” Luo XiaoLou, on the other hand, looked like he was seriously thinking about their married life, completely unaware of 125’s little scheme.
It’s enough to make a reasonably normal man’s intelligence plummet, but fortunately mecha doesn’t have to get married, 125 lamented.
Luo XiaoLou and 125 encountered Yuan Xi at the entrance of the cave as he was furiously storming out, probably ready to come out to look for someone.
“Yuan Xi, you’re just in time, I was planning to surprise you.” Luo XiaoLou felt something bad and immediately snapped out of it, taking out the sword pendant.
Yuan Xi glared at him and took the sword pendant with a blank expression. But quickly seeing the pendant between the tassels, his face became serious and looked up to ask, “How did you get this?”
Luo XiaoLou, with a small surprise and pride, told the story of what had just happened, then took out the two Level 2 energy stones and handed them over. He had wanted to save them as private money.
Yuan Xi picked up the Level 2 Energy Stones and looked at them, hummed and said, “Starting tomorrow, we can go to the Level 2 Energy Stone area as well. You can focus on improving your Spiritual Power. Making money to support your family is something a man should take on.” At least Luo XiaoLou was very sensible and hadn’t promised that Ling Xiao anything, and it made Yuan Xi feel very satisfied.
“However, doing this kind of work also helps my Spiritual Power improve. Besides, I’m your mecha maker, and I don’t want my hands to regress because I haven’t practiced these days.” Luo XiaoLou said with a smile.
Yuan Xi looked much better. Luo XiaoLou was always honestly expressing that he was the most important thing in his heart lately, and it was really commendable. Mn? Was it because he hadn’t been back at night these days, so he was looking forward to it?
Yuan Xi gave Luo XiaoLou a meaningful look, and then handed Luo XiaoLou the four Level 1 Energy Stones he had gotten this morning, along with the two Level 2 Energy Stones. Since Yuan Xi started to study ancient martial arts with Li Suo, they already had nearly twenty extra energy stones.
Then, Yuan Xi picked up the sword pendant and studied it with a frown.
Luo XiaoLou noticed that it was two hyphenated characters, beautiful and flowing, and that it was an ancient style of writing from the An Empire which was impossible to notice without looking closely at it.
Yuan Xi looked at them for a moment, his face growing more and more serious, “This is indeed my brother’s character. Maybe I can actually find him here.”
“Mn, it’s the second time we’ve met, but why do they all carry this? Is it one of your brother’s men?” Luo XiaoLou wondered. The last time it was someone beside Ling Xiao who wore such a necklace, this time it was a sword pendant. It seemed that trinkets with that name were common.
“Those people are coming from District A. I’ll try to find a way to get into District A. Before I do that, I’ll ask around to see if anyone knows anything about it.” Yuan Xi said as he stroked the pendant.
Yuan Xi’s expression as he looked at the pendant was both excited and surprised with a hint of sadness. He rarely showed his emotions this much. It seemed that the two brothers were extremely close. Knowing that they might find Yuan Che, Luo XiaoLou was also happy for Yuan Xi.
The two of them went back inside the cave. Yuan Xi took out a nutritional pill and handed one to Luo XiaoLou, then said dismissively, “Tomorrow, we’ll go to the trading area. You come with me and go buy some decent food. I don’t want to eat this kind of stuff anymore.” Saying that, he didn’t forget to sarcastically mock Luo XiaoLou, “You were really not greedy with what you brought with you on your escape, and yet you carried a load of nutrition pills?”
Luo XiaoLou got embarrassed, “I was trying to make it clear to you that if you forgive me, there’s no need to run at all.”
“No running. You’re not allowed to run from now on, even if I don’t forgive you.” Yuan Xi said warningly while squeezing Luo XiaoLou’s neck with his hand, “I’ll emphasize one last time that there is a limit to my patience! I’ll shave all your hair by then!”
125 whispered in quiet amazement, apparently feeling that this was almost the worst possible punishment – What a beautiful, lovely, exotic beast to be trashed by Yuan Xi!
Luo XiaoLou’s face suddenly flushed as he thought about that time Yuan Xi forced him into a pose and replied in a small voice, “I definitely won’t run away again, if you don’t exert domestic violence.”
Yuan Xi glared at Luo XiaoLou but didn’t answer. If he didn’t have control over what was threatening to hold Luo XiaoLou back, wouldn’t he have turned over a new leaf? The family rules were never set, but they did have a need to exist.
Having taken care of their lunch, Yuan Xi sat down and leaned against the wall. Seeing that Luo XiaoLou looked a little tired, he reached out and pulled him into his arms, buried his head into Luo XiaoLou’s neck and said, “I’m going to sleep for a while.”
Luo XiaoLou looked at Yuan Xi, who had already closed his eyes and began to rest, and relaxed, eventually leaning into Yuan Xi’s arms, tired but unable to sleep.
Yuan Xi lifted his head, stared at Luo XiaoLou for two seconds, and then suddenly kissed him hard. It took a while before they separated.
Yuan Xi let out a low curse and muttered, “I’ll punish you when I get back tonight.” Then he pressed down on Luo XiaoLou’s head hard and squeezed his stomach with his other hand, and since they were rather tired, they quickly snuggled together and fell asleep.
When he woke up, Luo XiaoLou found himself lying on Yuan Xi’s lap, and Yuan Xi was looking at the name plate.
Luo XiaoLou suddenly realized that there seemed to be a small patch of liquid on Yuan Xi’s pants… God, it must be his saliva!
In order not to let Yuan Xi notice the wet spot, Luo XiaoLou coughed and made a face as if he had something serious to say, “I have something I want to discuss with you.”
Looking away from the pendant in his hand, Yuan Xi turned to Luo XiaoLou, signaling that he should say it quickly.
“It’s like this, the last time I used an energy stone you gave me, I found that it could increase my Spiritual Power,” Luo XiaoLou said not so nicely, “That- since we have some extras now, I’d like to use some more…”
“Sure. Since it’s in your place, you can spend it however you want.” Yuan Xi said generously, “I’ll get more.”
Luo XiaoLou was pleasantly surprised. He decided to use the energy stones when he went back at night. After all, if outsiders saw them, they would think they were rich.
But as Yuan Xi stood up, he suddenly paused, stared weirdly at his thighs for two seconds, but didn’t actually say anything, and then strode inside.
In the afternoon, Luo XiaoLou processed three pieces of green cesium and then it looked like it was almost time to pack up and wait for Yuan Xi.
In the morning Yuan Xi struck four energy stones, indicating that Yuan Xi was a lot faster again. He gained eight Level 1 Energy Stones in a day. Although he didn’t know how Li Jay and Xiao Qiao and the others gained, Luo XiaoLou felt that Yuan Xi must have gained more. Moreover, in the last few days, Luo XiaoLou’s eyes had become increasingly unable to keep up with Yuan Xi’s speed.
The guardian beast Yuan Xi hunted this time was not large, silvery grey, extremely fast, and its screams were not as loud as those before, but the fierceness in its eyes was no weaker, and every time it swung its claws, it had a fierce wind. Yuan Xi extremely quickly sliced through the Guardian Beast’s neck.
125 ran over and doggedly collected the energy stone and the guardian beast’s corpse, while Luo XiaoLou handed over water and a towel to Yuan Xi.
“This one’s probably mutated, but it’s perfect for an afternoon of practice.” Yuan Xi said.
Luo XiaoLou didn’t mind, this kind of thing was inevitable. Usually when a group encountered a particularly difficult guardian beast, they would give up at the first opportunity to save everyone’s time, but Yuan Xi didn’t think the same. In his eyes, there was probably no problem that couldn’t be solved.
When they returned to District D, Li Jay and Xiao Qiao actually returned earlier than they did, and because they had a good harvest, they wanted to treat themselves. They had already pulled Uncle Li Suo out. Yuan Xi didn’t say anything, nodded, and pulled Luo XiaoLou back to wash up first.
When they came out, all the food had already been served. The aroma was overwhelming, and apparently, because they had entered the Yi Family Ancient Martial Arts School, they had plenty of energy stones and their lives were improved by a notch from District D.
Since it had already been a week, Li Jay once again brought up the matter of teaming up together to fight the second level energy stones, and Yuan Xi nodded his head in agreement. Li Suo watched with a smile and didn’t comment.
Instead, Luo XiaoLou took the opportunity to say that he wanted to examine Li Suo’s body, and when Li Suo was stunned for a moment, Luo XiaoLou immediately said that it wouldn’t take long, so Li Suo agreed.
They agreed to meet at the secondary energy stone area at noon, and after the meal, Yuan Xi, Luo XiaoLou and Li Suo went back to their own courtyard. With no one left, Li Jay and Xiao Qiao started practicing. For something like ancient martial arts, talent was important, but hard work was equally important. Moreover, the two of them had tasted the sweetness of improving their martial arts skills and became even more dedicated.
Luo XiaoLou first rushed to Li Suo’s house, and asked 125 to come out to help him check Li Suo’s body. When Li Suo looked at him curiously,125 pulled his little shirt and said seriously that he had animal rights and was protected by the protection regulations of the exotic beast mecha.
Li SUp looked surprised and asked, “What’s that?”
Luo XiaoLou coughed and explained, “A reptile. Don’t care about it.”
125 argued, stomach bulging, that it wasn’t a reptile at all! It belongs to a combination of higher animals and higher AI!
Yuan Xi came over as Luo XiaoLou quickly left with 125 in his arms. Yuan Xi had a regular practice session every night, and it was even longer than Li Jay’s and the others.
“How was it? Is it treatable?” Luo XiaoLou asked 125.
“Not sure yet. Yuan Xi’s drug is almost done. I think that drug might be just as effective for Li Suo.” 125 replied seriously.
“Alright then, I’ll leave it to you. I’ll try to increase my Spiritual Power with the energy stones now,” Luo XiaoLou said, taking out the two Level 2 energy stones he’d earned earlier that day, then hesitated, thinking that it was a bit of a waste to use them both on the first day. He replaced them with three primary energy stones.
After weighing them in his hand, Luo XiaoLou discarded his heartache and started to infuse Spiritual Power into the energy stones, then Luo XiaoLou’s entire body felt a mental shock. Even more comfortable than the last time, Spiritual Power was outputted, quenched and refined, and then returned to his body. Again and again, the cycle repeated.
Luo XiaoLou slowly closed his eyes, feeling the Spiritual Power in his body growing at a rate that was tangible.
Although his eyes were closed, the movement around him became clearer and clearer, and he could feel 125 studying the Guardian Beast he had obtained today with his tail up. Seeing the door of the room not far away, the artificial moon spilled light on the window.
Luo XiaoLou’s heart was pleasantly surprised, it was exactly like when he had the Source of Consciousness power!
However, before, he could see within a hundred meters. Luo XiaoLou tried to look further. As he neared the door, there was a sudden pop in his head. All of Luo XiaoLou’s senses disappeared, he opened his eyes and looked down. The energy stone in his hand had completely turned into a lusterless gray-white.
Luo XiaoLou was very eager to continue, but he took the time to put away his spent energy stone as a collector’s item. When he inputted Spiritual Power into the second energy stone, Luo XiaoLou noticed something was wrong, but by then, he couldn’t pull away from it.
This energy stone was rather strange. It was like a dark vortex of energy that seemed to be coiled inside, and it was only absorbing Luo XiaoLou’s Spiritual Power, but it wasn’t sending it back.
Luo XiaoLou frowned as sweat dripped from his forehead and his body began to tremble.
125 was the first to notice that something was wrong and quickly came over. It cautiously observed Luo XiaoLou for two seconds. It didn’t dare to separate Luo XiaoLou from the energy stone, but instead put its paws directly on the connection between Luo XiaoLou and the energy stone.
As a result, affected by Luo XiaoLou’s Spiritual Power and the power inside the Energy Stone, 125 almost transformed on the spot, but knowing that Luo XiaoLou would definitely be in danger if he transformed under such circumstances, it had to activate its emergency system.
Luo XiaoLou also sensed 125’s joining and imminent transformation, and was even more anxious. As his mood changed, the energy inside began to absorb Luo XiaoLou’s Spiritual Power even more intensely.
Luo XiaoLou was shocked. If this continued, both he and 125 would be in danger! Gritting his teeth, Luo XiaoLou tried to calm his mind. After repeatedly trying a few times, however, he found that once he started feeding it his Spiritual Power, it couldn’t be withdrawn.
If he let this situation continue, his Spiritual Power would be depleted, his mind would be severely damaged, and he might even turn into a vegetable or an idiot. 125 would probably also make a programming error, and in the worst case scenario, his body would explode and die.
The danger was too close! Luo XiaoLou instead calmed down. Since there was no way out, he advanced!
Gathering the incoming Spiritual Power into thin filaments, Luo XiaoLou tried to focus his consciousness to follow the Spiritual Power into the Energy Stone. He closed his eyes, his Spiritual Filaments were white, while the Energy Stone had a strong grey power.
After turning into thin filaments, the cohesion of Spiritual Power increased greatly, and with Luo XiaoLou’s conscious control, the grey power gradually stopped absorbing his Spiritual Power.
After taking a brief break, Luo XiaoLou gathered more Spiritual Power, and without going deeper, he began to slowly absorb the grey power from the surrounding area of the place he had just entered. Also, not being greedy, he only absorbed a little at a time.
The grey power became unstable again and turned back into a vortex. But this time, it couldn’t shake Luo XiaoLou’s Spiritual Power in the slightest, and could only allow itself to be absorbed by Luo XiaoLou little by little.
Luo XiaoLou couldn’t withdraw his Spiritual Power, nor could he relax his absorption. If he stopped absorbing the grey energy, it would immediately return to absorbing his Spiritual Power. So even when his Spiritual Power was saturated, Luo XiaoLou still gritted his teeth and continued to absorb it.
Luo XiaoLou’s forehead was sweating more and more, and as time went by, he started to get a headache. The grey energy was now half gone, and Luo XiaoLou’s Spiritual Power was now able to compete with the grey energy. He tried to withdraw his Spiritual Power, but still to no avail.
Luo XiaoLou was furious, and simply used all the Spiritual Power he had to absorb the grey energy.
As he absorbed it in this way, 125 suddenly screamed, with a joyful and comfortable meaning in it. At the same time Luo XiaoLou noticed that the small portion of Spiritual Power that he couldn’t absorb after his transformation was absorbed by 125.
Luo XiaoLou saw that 125 was fine and continued to absorb the Spiritual Power, ignoring that it seemed to be far beyond its storage capacity.
After an unknown amount of time, Luo XiaoLou felt a sharp pain in his head, and then everything went black. He hadn’t passed out, he just felt warmth in his head and a familiar power spreading throughout his body.
125 shouted in surprise next to him, “Darling, your Source of Consciousness power is back!”