Chapter 183: Thousand Years
Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
“I can’t believe you don’t know this!” The short young man stared at Luo XiaoLou and cried out in surprise, as if Luo XiaoLou had asked a treacherous question.
Luo XiaoLou was shocked, glared at him and said, “I wouldn’t ask if I knew! Besides, I just entered District D not long ago-“
The short young man with the angry face was stunned, “Just entered District D. So, how did you repair the energy sword then?”
Luo XiaoLou was surprised again, “Is there a rule against novices repairing?” That’s too bad, the money-making scheme he had developed with great difficulty might be shattered.
The gentle young man glanced at the short man and snapped, “Of course not, in fact you repair very well. You can be a qualified repairer. Besides, I think District A’s repair shop would like a master like you.”
Luo XiaoLou pretended not to hear the hints in the youth’s words. Although he didn’t know why Ling Xiao and the youth both wanted him to go to District A, it was impossible for him to leave Yuan Xi.
The youth smiled, and didn’t mention District A again when he continued, “As for this armband you’re talking about, it’s a sign of our allegiance to the temple.”
The short young man, on the other hand, had a proud look on his face, fully expressing his most devout beliefs.
Luo XiaoLou was completely stunned, his mouth wide open, Oh, God! Was Yuan Che the cardinal here?! He had never considered that!
“Oh, no, it can’t be true!” Luo XiaoLou groaned. He knew that Yuan Xi’s brother wasn’t supposed to be bad, but winding up in a grey hole to be a cardinal was really hard to accept.
“Of course it’s true! If you doubt me, that would be an insult and provocation!” The short young man had a tendency to blow up, and he even gripped his sword with the great intention of dueling Luo XiaoLou if he said another unpleasant word.
“No, no, I don’t mean by it, I’m just shocked! In fact, I’m very interested in, uh, it, too.” Luo XiaoLou busily explained.
Both of them relaxed, and the gentle youth smiled and said, “I’m very happy to hear you say that. We are just knights of the temple, but, if there was a need, we would equally give everything, even our lives, for it.”
“Then, the words are your cardinal’s name?” Luo XiaoLou tried to steady himself and continued to pry information.
The short young man corrected with great dignity, “Of course not, this is our creator.”
Luo XiaoLou was completely dumbfounded. What had he just heard? He verified, “Yuan Che- is that the name of your creator?”
“And how old is he now?” Luo XiaoLou asked with difficulty.
The short young man scowled at him, “What kind of question do you call that? This world has been around for a thousand years, so the creator is certainly over a thousand years old.”
“Rigel, don’t be like that.” The gentle young man said. He turned to Luo XiaoLou, “Rigel is rather temperamental, but he doesn’t really mean anything by it. You’ve just come from outside and it’s understandable that you don’t know.”
Luo XiaoLou hadn’t recovered from his shock yet, but he politely replied, “No, I was rude. So, where can I meet this creator god from?”
The youth said, “District D, District B, and District C all have many temples with statues, but if you have a chance to come to District A, there are different surprises. The highest temple in District A has the miracle of the creator god. But it’s up to the royal family or the cardinal to decide if you can see it or not.”
“I think I’ll try.” Luo XiaoLou said. He wasn’t sure anymore if there was a connection between the creator god they were talking about and Yuan Che. Maybe it was just someone with the same name.
“Well, we’ll be off. By the way, I’m Xillin. Thank you for fixing the weapons for us. If you need help, you can call on both of us.” The gentle youth promised with a smile.
Luo XiaoLou nodded his thanks and said goodbye to the two men, before walking back on unsteady feet.
Rigel whispered to Xillin, “Why do I feel as if he’s in serious shock, but we didn’t do anything?”
Xillin shook his head, “Anyway, he was introduced to us by Ling Xiao. It turns out we didn’t get the wrong person, his repair techniques are very different and very powerful. At least you didn’t deliberately sabotage your precious weapon for nothing. The energy increase is quite large. We should get on good terms with him, and then we can regularly come to him for help when replacing energy stones in the future.”
Rigel laughed heedlessly, “That’s right, worthy of being introduced by Ling Xiao. An ordinary weapon repairer can’t produce a master without two or three years. He doesn’t even have a master! He’s definitely a genius in this area.”
Xilin nodded with deep emotion, Weapon Repairers were usually only found in District C, District B, or District A. The higher the urban area, the more capable they were. Since there were quite a lot of jobs replacing energy stones or repairing weapons, they earned even more than the warriors in District D.
Of course, they couldn’t compare to the advanced warriors, but the ones with slightly better craftsmanship could definitely solve their own subsistence problems. There weren’t many good warriors and good repairmen were hard to find, which was why Xilin wanted Luo XiaoLou to travel to District A.
When Luo XiaoLou found Yuan Xi, the three of them had already killed the third Guardian Beast. Yuan Xi glanced over and found that Luo XiaoLou was fine before he, Li Jay and Xiao Qiao attacked the fourth Guardian Beast.
Luo XiaoLou circled around twice and asked 125, “Did I hear that right?”
125 poked his head out as if in the middle of a busy day and asked, “Do you need me to play back the 3D recording I just took?”
“No, I just- I just thought- how is this possible? Yuan Xi will probably be disappointed.” Luo XiaoLou said dejectedly.
125, on the other hand, said, “I don’t think it’s necessarily impossible. A thousand years isn’t that long. For some of the tough exotic beasts, their lifespan can be over a thousand years, and for us exotic beast mecha, it might be a little longer.”
“But Yuan Xi’s big brother is human, and he’s only been missing for eighteen years.” Luo XiaoLou said giddily.
“You’re overlooking another thing. Time in the gray hole isn’t synchronized with time outside.”
“You’re saying that Yuan Che has been here for a thousand years? God, that makes it even more impossible to find him.” Luo XiaoLou exclaimed in a low voice.
Luo XiaoLou didn’t know how to speak to Yuan Xi. He just wandered around until Yuan Xi and the others finished their hunting for the day.
“Three Level 2 Energy Stones! We won’t need to fight that much these days!” Li Jay said excitedly.
Xiao Qiao was also delighted. She was flushed with excitement as well as the afternoon’s strenuous exercise.
Yuan Xi also had three Level 2 Energy Stones in his hand, so they had a total of six. Even though Yuan Xi was only one person, he had definitely contributed the most, so Li Jay had wanted to give Yuan Xi four, but Yuan Xi had refused.
“Come on, we can go back.” Li Jay greeted Luo XiaoLou.
The four of them left the cave entrance and were walking back together when two men in their thirties suddenly blocked their way. Li Jay’s eyebrows raised. Since entering the Yi family, almost no one dared to rob them, and now that Yuan Xi was so powerful, were these two men desperate?
One of the men in the lead saw the hostility in Li Jay’s eyes and quickly explained, “We have no bad intentions. I’m just here to find this little master.”
Seeing the man focused on him, the troubled Luo XiaoLou was confused, “Me?”
“Yes, we would also like to ask you to help us upgrade our weapons, but we don’t have any extra energy stones. Look, is it okay to make payments? We’ll pay you back later when we have more income.” The man asked. They had seen with their own eyes how powerful the weapons repaired by Luo XiaoLou were and were immediately impressed. They were still capable, but with so few energy stones left over each day they hadn’t saved enough to afford the repairs once they had purchased the lowest level energy swords and the higher level energy stones mounted on the swords.
Li Jay and Xiao Qiao stared at Luo XiaoLou, who they had only ever seen tidying up since Yuan Xi had taken him out, not even hunting with him. They had been feeling sorry for Yuan Xi, who had to feed three people. But it didn’t seem that way now.
Luo XiaoLou said gleefully, “I don’t just accept money and energy stones. You can trade materials that I like and I’ll waive the cost of repairing.”
The man was relieved, “That’s really great! We’ll bring materials over tomorrow and wait for you here, okay?” If they could improve the performance of their swords, they’d have more to show for it!
Luo XiaoLou nodded and the two left, filled with joy.
“Oh my God, you are amazing too!” Xiao Qiao looked at the two people with surprise and envy. They didn’t have energy swords yet and were saving up to buy them. However, a profession as lucrative as weapon repairer was not found in District D.
Yuan Xi proudly tugged Luo XiaoLou to his side and shook his hand hard.
Looking at the couple, Li Jay and Xiao Qiao looked at each other and smiled as they walked forward.
That night, the two houses got together again, this time in Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou’s courtyard, where Luo XiaoLou cooked dinner and Xiao Qiao helped.
Li Jay’s eyes almost fell out when he saw the meal, and he mumbled, “Brother Yuan, your standards for finding a wife are really high. Besides gender, I also want to find such a beauty. This is simply heaven! He can earn money, cook, and warm your bed. Ah… warm the bed…”
Yuan Xi grimaced – but Luo XiaoLou was smug – and said, “Not available.”
“Huh?” Li Jay was confused.
“He’s not available like that, so you’ll have to find another,” Yuan Xi said gleefully.
Li Jay’s face scrunched together, but out of renewed admiration for Yuan Xi, he didn’t argue and sat there honestly to eat.
“You’re not going to change back?” Luo XiaoLou asked Xiao Qiao, who sat next to him. It might be a good idea to dress like this all the time. He originally thought that Xiao Qiao and Li Jay were a couple, but later found out that they seemed to be simply brother and sister.
Xiao Qiao smiled and said, “This is actually quite convenient, and besides, I’m following the second young master of the Yi family, Ino, so it’s actually convenient for women to dress like this.”
During the meal, Li Jay fully expressed his admiration for Yuan Xi again and finally wheedled Yuan Xi into fighting him for guidance before the night ended, and Xiao Qiao leapt at the chance to try it out with both eyes shining brightly. Luo XiaoLou sneaked a glance at old man Li Suo, who was smiling contentedly, his eyes undeniably pleased and joyful.
Luo XiaoLou suddenly thought of how many people Li Jay came into contact with, and thought, “Li Jay, could you help me inquire about something? I want to know about the temple and the creator god here.”
Li Jay was stunned, then agreed, “Okay, although we’ve never been there, many people from the Yi family have been to District B. There’s another Yi martial arts school there, so they might know about it.”
Yuan Xi glanced at Luo XiaoLou but didn’t say anything, while Li Suo was stunned and stared at Luo XiaoLou intently for two seconds, before quickly averting his eyes.
That night, Luo XiaoLou absorbed two secondary energy stones and combed and fused two green cesiums to complete his practice for today before packing his things. He planned to wait for Yuan Xi to return tonight so they could talk about what he had heard.
Yuan Xi returned at 12 a.m. For one, he had seen Luo XiaoLou wandering around absent-mindedly during the day and was afraid something was wrong with him. Secondly, it seemed that Li Suo also had something on his mind. He simply practiced quickly and came back early.
“So early? Just in time, I have something to tell you.” Luo XiaoLou said hesitantly.
“Mn.” Yuan Xi murmured noncommittally, then started to undress: top, tank top, trousers…
“Hey, what are you doing?” Luo XiaoLou asked with a trembling voice.
Although Yuan Xi had often done this sort of thing, lately, because of Yuan Xi’s martial arts practice, it had been a long time since…
“Shower,” Yuan Xi stated, glancing at him.
Luo XiaoLou’s heartbeat regained its composure for a moment, “Hurry, hurry.”
As a result, Yuan Xi passed by the bed and suddenly tugged Luo XiaoLou, picking him up and heading to the bathroom together.
125, eyes wide open, automatically and spontaneously shrank into a corner.
Reaching the bathroom, Yuan Xi pulled off Luo XiaoLou’s pajamas and turned on the shower. Even though there was a bathroom, it couldn’t compare to their previous room.
“Hey, what are you doing?” Luo XiaoLou stared at Yuan Xi’s naked body. He seemed to be reacting.
“Shower.” Yuan Xi’s face was serious as his hands aimed at Luo XiaoLou’s body.
“No- no- I can do it myself. We haven’t showered together for a long time. And- besides, there’s 125 there.” Luo XiaoLou stammered.
“We’re married, and besides, we’re on our honeymoon. You have no right to make me abstain from sex-” Yuan Xi growled angrily as he turned on the hot water with a black face and hugged Luo XiaoLou from behind.
When have you ever been forbidden…? When have you ever been sexually abstinent?!!! Luo XiaoLou blushed red. Yuan Xi touched the half-soft, half-hard little thing and his eyes narrowed.
“Hmph, talk about not wanting it! You’re so- lewd- slutty!” Yuan Xi said sarcastically. He was still mindful of Luo XiaoLou’s rejection, though, his hand deliberately kept rubbing.
Trying not to reveal his desire, yet still completely aroused, Luo XiaoLou quickly surrendered. He blushed and moved against Yuan Xi, “Hurry! Hurry!”
“This is what you begged me for.” Yuan Xi declared, proud and smug as he looked at the breathless Luo XiaoLou.
“…I’m begging you. Hurry up!” Luo XiaoLou simply turned around and leaned into Yuan Xi’s arms, then ran into something even harder and blushed even more.
By the time they came out, it was almost the time Yuan Xi usually stopped for the night, and 125 had turned to stone.
Luo XiaoLou was strong enough to tell Yuan Xi about the day’s events.
Yuan Xi didn’t speak for a long time until Luo XiaoLou was falling asleep before he picked him up and said in a low voice, “Even if it’s my big brother from a thousand years ago, I’ll leave with what he left behind.”
Luo XiaoLou mn’d and hugged Yuan Xi back, drifting off to sleep. Just as long as Yuan Xi wasn’t sad.
The next morning, they went out, but outside the door, there was a man waiting for them.
“Are you going to District A, or the Temple of District A?” Li Suo looked at them and asked, a tremor still in his voice.