Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Luo XiaoLou was lying in bed, sweating and gasping for breath. After a life-threatening experience, there was such a big surprise!
But why did this happen?
Thinking of this, Luo XiaoLou raised his hand and held up the energy stone that contained the strange energy. Slightly smaller than the other energy stones, it was the one that Yuan Xi had gained this afternoon. And according to Luo XiaoLou’s comparison between the first energy stone and it, the energy inside this small, unassuming energy stone was almost five times that of an ordinary first-grade energy stone!
Moreover, the properties of the energy inside were also different. The energy in those normal energy stones could be directly absorbed at will, closer to white energy. This one was the grey energy that could only be absorbed through transformation.
That’s why that guardian beast could be so powerful. Luo XiaoLou thought about how long it took Yuan Xi to kill that guardian beast, it was almost exactly the same time it took to kill the four guardian beasts in the morning.
“How are you feeling right now?” 125 asked, concerned.
Luo XiaoLou closed his eyes, feeling himself slowly, “Mn, Spiritual Power seems to have tripled in size in an instant, and my Source of Consciousness power has returned, but the level is minimal. I’m fine, I feel good.”
Previously Luo XiaoLou had been first exposed to and applied the Source of Consciousness Power. So to speak, he was instinctively more familiar with the Source of Consciousness Power, and he had even thought that his Spiritual Power existed as part of his Source of Consciousness Power.
However, now that his Source of Consciousness Power was very weak, he clearly discovered that the two powers were not identical, and could exist simultaneously.
Thinking of this, Luo XiaoLou sat up, took another energy stone, carefully confirmed that it was ordinary white energy inside, and began to input Source of Consciousness power. The momentary feeling of comfort almost made Luo XiaoLou cry out. 125 quietly moved his paw to Luo XiaoLou’s hand again, and whatever energy passed through Luo XiaoLou’s hand, became energy that it could absorb.
125 treasured this energy, which would allow it to pilot itself for a longer period of time.
When Luo XiaoLou’s Source of Consciousness had been restored, he closed his eyes and looked around, the area immediately opened up considerably. He could see Li Jay and his sister. Xiao Qiao was practicing in the courtyard, one move at a time.
Luo XiaoLou directed his Source of Consciousness carefully into his own courtyard, to the next room away.
A man was sitting on a chair on the side, while another man was standing in the most spacious part of the house, displaying his fists and kicks.
Luo XiaoLou was excited and wanted to take a closer look, but the person in the middle suddenly stopped moving and looked over in Luo XiaoLou’s direction. The stern eyes were shockingly familiar, none other than Yuan Xi.
Impacted by that overly powerful aura, Luo XiaoLou’s breathing stopped, and he realized that he seemed to have underestimated those with great strength, some of the physically strong ones had equally keen perception. At least Yuan Xi had found him! And as soon as the pressure belonging to an expert was exerted, Luo XiaoLou immediately felt panicked.
However, soon, just as Li Suo by the window was about to ask questions, Yuan Xi resumed his movements as if nothing had happened.
Luo XiaoLou sweated and murmured under his breath, knowing that Yuan Xi already knew he had been spying on him. Although it wasn’t very glamorous, Luo XiaoLou was still reluctant to take his eyes off him. If it were anyone else, Luo XiaoLou would never have looked so closely. Even if he was scouting the situation, he could still control himself to ignore certain details.
But when it came to Yuan Xi, Luo XiaoLou couldn’t help but feel a little itchy.
Yuan Xi’s movements remained the same, increasing from slow to fast. Gradually, Luo XiaoLou’s Source of Consciousness observation began to lose track of his speed. In the past, when Yuan Xi’s physical exercises were not clear to Luo XiaoLou’s naked eyes, the Source of Consciousness Force could still slightly see the trajectory of Yuan Xi’s movements. But now, he was clearly feeling the strain.
Yuan Xi’s stamina had increased to an incredible level, no! Luo XiaoLou had thought that the environment of the grey hole already had a negative effect on Yuan Xi’s body, that’s why Yuan Xi was so weak when they had first arrived.
But now, Yuan Xi was even stronger than before!
These days, Luo XiaoLou had accompanied Yuan Xi every day, and knew the effort and hardship he had put in, and witnessed his growth. However, he hadn’t expected that Yuan Xi’s growth would be so great!
After a moment of admiration, Luo XiaoLou lovingly averted his gaze. He couldn’t actually see much if he looked again. Just like a person too low in ancient martial arts to steal the martial arts skills of a top expert, it was actually not realistic at all.
Can’t see the movements clearly, can’t even comprehend the memory.
Luo XiaoLou simply went to observe the other man by the window. The old man watched Yuan Xi in the house with a smile, but there was a hint of desolation in the curve of his lips. Muttering, he mumbled, “Although the most suitable successor has been found for the family, I wonder if the side heir would be overdoing it if he is more powerful than the main family…”
Luo XiaoLou didn’t know what Li Suo meant, but he thought it meant that Yuan Xi was awesome, so he couldn’t help but smile.
When he felt a pop, he sucked in his breath and took out another Level 1 Energy Stone.
125’s eyes were glowing. It was the first time it tasted sweetness, and even if it had experienced it before, no one would have indulged it so much.
So, when Luo XiaoLou placed his hand on the energy stone, one paw immediately stuck up.
Luo XiaoLou didn’t pay any attention to it and started to concentrate on quenching Spiritual Power. 125 repeatedly stressed that he should just restore the Source of Consciousness Power, but Luo XiaoLou was really afraid of another accident after this period of time and series of experiences. The Source of Consciousness Power was powerful, but his Spiritual Power would not disappear.
It wasn’t until one in the morning that Luo XiaoLou intentionally put away the fifth Level 1 Energy Stone and lay down on his bed. Firstly, 125 had warned him that he was overdoing it, and secondly, he was getting tired himself. They had to get up early tomorrow, and if they slept now, they still wouldn’t get six hours of sleep.
Yuan Xi returned at two in the morning. As he was accustomed to doing these days, he would be in the house before twelve, and after twelve he would train by himself for another two hours.
The next day, Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou went to District D. Without looking away, Yuan Xi pushed Luo XiaoLou to the market first. Yuan Xi followed closely behind Luo XiaoLou, watching him buy vegetables, rice and noodles.
Luo XiaoLou purposely bought all the necessary kitchen supplies and rice and noodles first. He sneaked a glance at Yuan Xi and noticed that his face didn’t change, but his heart beat a little faster before he turned around and bought some fish and two boxes of very sweet looking snacks. Yuan Xi flashed a look filled with rare happiness and satisfaction.
Luo XiaoLou held back a smile, feeling that if he did laugh, Yuan Xi would be annoyed.
District D’s food stuff was expensive, but within an acceptable range. These items totalled to one and a half Level 1 energy stones. There was currency in circulation here, but the energy stones were also directly usable, and if they needed to find money, the merchants would directly find the currency in circulation to give it to them.
Of course, if Yuan Xi hadn’t improved, the cost of this food would seem quite a lot. In the grey hole where the survival environment was extremely harsh, survival of the fittest and the strongest was almost interpreted to the extreme.
Luo XiaoLou turned to look at Yuan Xi beside him. He had lost almost all of the discomfort of being new here, especially after the training of Li Suo, and was starting to look like a sheathed sword. Walking in the crowd, he started to be sharp again, just like when he was at Imperial Capital.
The love and admiration was not there, but he still attracted the attention of those around him.
Luo XiaoLou felt his heart swell with happiness and pride. Yes, such a powerful man – and the key was that he was handsome – was his own man!
125 felt ashamed for his fosterer. After all this time, he was still staring at Yuan Xi and drooling. If this goes on for a long period of time, according to romance dramas, the husband will be so arrogant that he will move on, and then when his wife suffers so much that her heart is finally broken, the husband will come to realize that his wife was his true love!
At the thought of this, 125 felt his worry start to heat up.
Yuan Xi, who was carrying most of the packages, suddenly remembered something and coughed, turned to Luo XiaoLou with a warning glance, “If you dare to spy on other men – like last night – I won’t spare you!”
Luo XiaoLou was dumbfounded and immediately nodded his head, while thinking to himself, Does this mean it’s okay to spy on Yuan Xi?
Yuan Xi felt a little unsure and commanded, “Now! Swear to me!”
Luo XiaoLou’s mouth twitched, “Mn, I promise I won’t ogle any other man so closely except you.”
Yuan Xi nodded in satisfaction, and finally, added, “It’ll be dangerous, especially when I’m not around.”
At noon, looking at Yuan Xi’s yearning eyes, Luo XiaoLou swallowed and decided to return and start cooking. He was equally tired of eating nutritional pills. Back at the palace, Mr. Butler had mentioned, seemingly offhandedly, that Yuan Xi was fussy but not unbearable.
He had once taken nutritional pills for three months during a training session when he was a child, but he hadn’t complained about it throughout.
Maybe it was Yuan Xi’s way of expressing his concern, which was possible with Yuan Xi’s awkward personality.
At noon, Luo XiaoLou made a nice lunch, and even Li Suo came out early and sat down at the table. Yuan Xi, on the other hand, after stepping into the kitchen, saw Li Suo and retreated his look with patience.
After Luo XiaoLou finished cleaning up, he called out to Yuan Xi to come in and help him. Mentally, he thought to himself, Well, those people and Rod weren’t there anyway, no one would see him do such a thing…
Yuan Xi and Li Suo ate so much that they couldn’t care to talk. Luo XiaoLou himself ate with a smile on his face, he was so happy. This was the life of a normal person.
As Li Suo was leaving contentedly, Luo XiaoLou grabbed a packet of snacks and handed it to him, “Uncle, dessert after dinner.”
Li Suo’s eyes lit up, “From the Wusheng family? Not bad, not bad! His snacks are the best,” he said happily while taking it, then looked at his expressionless apprentice. Hey, this kid! It’s not only rare to find one in a hundred years, but he was also so good at picking a wife.
After lunch, Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou went to the secondary energy stone area. When they arrived, they found Li Jay and Xiao Qiao were already waiting there. Once Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou arrived, the other people from the Yi Family Ancient Martial School also entered the Level 2 Energy Stone Area. When they saw Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou, they recognized Yuan Xi as the one who failed to join the Ancient Martial School, and couldn’t help but bring a bit of ridicule and mockery.
Li Jay pretended not to see them and greeted Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou warmly. Yuan Xi never looked at those people directly and didn’t care. Instead, Xiao Qiao blushed furiously and Luo XiaoLou thought she looked like someone watching a show.
The four of them didn’t waste any time, and carefully went straight to the cave. Level 1 Guardian Beasts and Level 2 Guardian Beasts were completely different, and their strength wasn’t simply doubled.
Moreover, since they had never been there before, a few of them were even more curious.
Li Jay and Xiao Qiao drew their weapons and tried their best to protect those behind them, killing them.
Both of their weapons were knives, and Xiao Qiao’s was even larger than Li Jay’s, but she didn’t feel like she was using them with any effort at all.
In the moment of the encounter, the three of them immediately experienced the power of the Level 2 Guardian Beast, which was already fast enough to become a virtual shadow, and even bigger and more ferocious!
Xiao Qiao started out with Li Jay using the tacit understanding that she had always had to fight decently, but within a few moves, her hands and feet began to not be able to move, and she finally understood why so many people from the Yi family were fighting the Level 2 Guardian Beast together.
The first thing that happened was that Xiao Qiao was the weakest of the three, so the guardian beast pounced on her, and Xiao Qiao didn’t know how to react.
At this critical moment, Li Jay pushed Xiao Qiao away and attacked the guardian beast himself… Xiao Qiao’s face turned white, Li Jay would be seriously injured!
However, the Guardian Beast suddenly turned around at the last moment and roared away. The two of them watched dumbfoundedly, only to discover that Yuan Xi had attacked the Guardian Beast from behind, and that his black sword had pierced the Guardian Beast’s spine.
Yuan Xi dropped a glance at the guardian beast and quickly backed away as it swung its claws down again, the sword in his hand slicing backwards as he steadily did.
The Guardian Beast screamed as its entire back was sliced open, its spine snapped, and it couldn’t even stand. Amidst Li Jay and Xiao Qiao’s stunned expressions, Yuan Xi walked towards the guardian beast and slashed it through the throat, ending the hunt.
Luo XiaoLou smiled slightly. The comparison between the two and Yuan Xi showed them to be not at all on the same level. Moreover, Yuan Xi’s ancient martial arts were finally showing small gains.
Li Jay and Xiao Qiao finally ended their daze, and Li Jay exclaimed, “Brother Yuan, that’s great! You’ll have to teach me later.”
Luo XiaoLou was about to follow to see what was going on when suddenly someone behind him asked, “Excuse me, are you Luo XiaoLou?”
Luo XiaoLou turned around and found two people standing behind him. The first one, a friendly looking young man, said, “Hello, I took the liberty of disturbing you by coming here. We were introduced by a friend, and I heard that you can repair energy swords?”
“Indeed, but I’ll have to see if I can fix it first,” Luo XiaoLou said politely, but his heart was happy that his energy stone source had arrived again.
“Please feel free to take a look.” The young man was actually very polite and handed over his weapon.
Yuan Xi and the others greeted him, while Luo XiaoLou began to help the two repair their weapons. The youth’s weapon needed to have an energy stone installed, while the young man next to him had cracks on his weapon.
Neither of these issues were really a big deal, and to show his professionalism, Luo XiaoLou even asked 125 to take out some of the instruments he used to repair the mecha and started repairing them. These could be repaired quickly with Source of Consciousness, but seeing the two weapons in front of him, Luo XiaoLou suddenly had another idea: to test the difference between Source of Consciousness and Spiritual Power in repairing weapons.
So the young man’s weapon with the stone, he used Source of Consciousness Power, while the other short young man’s weapon was repaired with Spiritual Power. After repairing them, he incidentally helped the two of them to stimulate the energy stone and awaken the flames on the weapons, one orange-red and one dark purple.
The young man whose weapon was repaired by Source of Consciousness power was especially pleasantly surprised. His energy flame increase could be considered the highest, much higher than that of Ling Xiao’s and his companions around him.
The short young man was equally excited, but looking at the other youth’s sword, he was a bit disappointed. However, he happily paid two Level 2 Energy Stones, while the youth handed over three.
Luo XiaoLou smiled, politely took them, and was about to thank the two for their business, when he suddenly stopped.
Both the gentle youth and the short young man had cufflinks on their arms, with two intricate words embroidered on them.
“What? What can I do for you?” The short young man asked in surprise.
Luo XiaoLou pointed at the pattern on the two men’s sleeves, trying to hide the abnormality in his voice, and asked, “Excuse me, what does this pattern mean?”