Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Luo XiaoLou made a quick calculation in his mind and decided to leave a way out for Yuan Xi and himself first, then smiled with what could be called a warm smile, “Of course, thank you for your kindness.”
Dees was a bit dumbfounded, as clearly, Luo XiaoLou had still been indifferent to him yesterday.
The young man called Xiao Bu smiled, “That’s good. In a while, Ling Xiao will also arrive and you three can just talk.”
Luo XiaoLou sent an appalled glance toward Dees and Xiao Bu explained, “Dees and his family are Ling Xiao’s people, so this time the Ling family is vouching for you.”
Dees raised his eyebrows proudly at Luo XiaoLou, proud that he was the future Chief Weapon Repairer of the Ling Family. While the three of them were talking, someone swiftly came to their side, carrying the energy sword with blue light in his hand. It was Ling Xiao.
The first thing Dees did was take a step forward and hand over a clean towel to Ling Xiao. Ling Xiao had probably just returned from the hunting area, and there were still small beads of sweat on his forehead. Looking at Dees’s blushing face and eyes that hid his admiration, Luo XiaoLou sighed in his heart. Just like the older generation to the younger generation, what a beautiful and innocent feeling.
However, an untimely voice popped up in his ears, exclaiming, “Oh, this is love! First love! I swear, you and Yuan Xi didn’t follow the proper steps at all! You’ve gone straight into old married-wife mode, which by all accounts should now have a mistress to prove that your relationship needs to be sublimated or something-“
Luo XiaoLou gritted his teeth and said, “Do you want me to inform Yuan Xi about the fact that you secretly copied that picture yesterday? Imagine what he’d think of a creepy exotic beast mecha with unusual thoughts for his brother?” Knowing Yuan Xi, he’d definitely think about things from his side of the fence.
“Oh! No, you can’t do that. He’ll kill me! You’re the shortest and happiest couple in the world, and you’re in love with each other, and you’re in love with life and death. Living in harmony – you’ll keep my secret, won’t you? Dear…”
Luo XiaoLou’s face grew darker and darker, but he didn’t have time to yell at 125 because Ling Xiao had already joined them.
“I heard that you’re already planning to accept the invitation and enter District A?” stated Ling Xiao as he looked at him. Although he didn’t use the tone of surprise, Luo XiaoLou could sense that this cold-faced nobleman was at least welcoming him.
Xiao Bu winked at him and said with a smile, “District A is full of experts, and all the beauties are also concentrated there, so people like you, who have good skills and high income, are also favored by them. If you’re lucky, you can still have a wonderful encounter.”
Luo XiaoLou didn’t look much happier. He couldn’t help it, married men were much more boring, especially when his other half was overbearing and unreasonable. He could only resist the urge to ask what types of beauties and spoke in a serious manner, “So, can I bring my family?”
Under the surprised eyes of Dees and Xiao Bu, Luo XiaoLou coughed and continued with a thick face, “Here’s the thing, the last guy I was with, we’re married. We’re even on our newlywed honeymoon. I absolutely can’t leave him over here.” At the end, he was even touched for himself. See, what a responsible man he is…
Dees looked at Luo XiaoLou sympathetically, “That’s unfortunate, but it always gets better. One of you is a warrior and the other is a weapon repairer, what a match.” Saying that, Dees secretly glanced at Ling Xiao again, causing Xiao Bu to smile off to the side.
Ling Xiao’s lips curled up a bit, not looking at Dees who was laughing and blushing, getting to the point, “Yes, we will guarantee you and your family to enter District A. Accordingly, when you enter District A, in place of having to pay a fourth-grade energy stone every day, you will need to upgrade five weapons for us every month. Do you think that’s okay? At the rate you’re going, it shouldn’t be difficult. And of course, we’ll pay for the upgrade.”
“No problem.” Luo XiaoLou readily agreed.
Dees thought about it and added, “If you plan to make an energy sword, we can also provide a license to buy and sell it. But that would require a tax.”
Luo XiaoLou nodded, “Okay, thank you then.”
After discussing the follow-up matters, Ling Xiao left with Dees and Xiao Bu.
Luo XiaoLou counted the energy stones he had earned today, three Level 2 and fifteen Level 1, plus a number of materials. Yuan Xi could now harvest six Level 3 energy stones per day. Well, their income was already quite good. However, the energy stones needed for the ship would probably be quite a large amount.
Thinking so, Luo XiaoLou heard the sound of joking from behind.
Turning around, he saw that Yuan Xi and Li Jay, Xiao Qiao were heading this way. Everything was normal, except for Ino and Eva next to them.
Luo XiaoLou glanced at Eva, who had been sneaking glances at Yuan Xi and thought of another question: if District A was full of beautiful people, he needed to be the one who was worried…
Yuan Xi sensed Luo XiaoLou’s gaze and gave Luo XiaoLou a warning glare, then moved to the front and neatly gathered up the materials on the floor. The prince had become quite handy with simple tasks since arriving in the grey hole and raising Luo XiaoLou in animal form for a few weeks.
“What are you still standing there for?” Yuan Xi looked up at Luo XiaoLou unhappily. Some of the ways of storing the materials needed attention, and usually Luo XiaoLou would explain or do it himself.
Eva stared at Yuan Xi, who was taking care of the materials.
Luo XiaoLou came back to his senses, and at 125’s reminder, frantically felt his pockets, took the towel that 125 had prepared for him, and leaned in to wipe Yuan Xi’s sweat.
Yuan Xi froze for a moment, then lifted his face up to let Luo XiaoLou serve him. He- he was a little excited. It was the first time Luo XiaoLou had ever shown him affection in front of so many people.
The two of them quickly finished packing up and began to walk back.
Li Jay probably wanted to be the peacemaker, but in the end didn’t say anything.
When they reached the border between the Level 1 Energy Stone Area and Level 2 Energy Stone Area, a chirping sound suddenly came from the sky, which was filled with a blood red sunset. The sound was clear and beautiful.
But in that instant, almost everyone was shocked. There were very few free beast types that could fly in the out-of-boundary area, but when they appeared, they were exceptionally ferocious. As opposed to guardian beasts, free beasts didn’t have energy stones and could freely move around outside the cave.
The people around them ran as fast as they could to some where they could hide. Luo XiaoLou didn’t know what was happening, but he hid directly behind Yuan Xi.
The rest of the people, all boasting that they had studied ancient martial arts and were considered experts in this area, didn’t move anywhere.
Looking up, Luo XiaoLou opened his mouth wide in surprise. It was a huge bird, or rather beast, with no feathers on its body, jet-black skin, and a pair of wide wings. The strangest thing was that this bird had a human head, with voluptuous and beautiful features. However, no one dared to look at it, because those beautiful dark green eyes were creepy and terrifying. A head of long dark hair hung down on either side of the head, adding to the spooky atmosphere.
“…Oh God, not a free beast! It’s a Beauty Bird!”
“Why would a Level 5 Guardian Beast appear here?!”
People had never seen a guardian beast leave its territory before, and that was a high-grade guardian beast. With its arrival, the skies seemed to darken with a strong and ominous omen.
Most importantly, all of these people were still hunting in the Level 3 Energy Stone Area, and they were not yet opponents to the Level 5 Guardian Beast.
The Beauty Bird let out another clear, joyful cry when it saw them, then swooped over with a gust of wind.
Yuan Xi felt Luo XiaoLou clinging to his clothes. At the same time, quite a few people were lying down with pale faces, and only a third remained standing.
Someone had to deal with this monster. It wasn’t going to give up its food just because people were afraid to submit to it.
Its name wasn’t Beauty Bird because it had a beautiful face, but because it specialized in catching beautiful people as food. The moment it swooped down diagonally, Eva screamed and ran to the very edge of the crowd.
Eva thought her escape was hopeless this time, but then the beauty bird had already risen into the sky as it clasped two people in its talons, Luo XiaoLou and Xiao Qiao. Eva was confused and puzzled as she stared at the two dark silhouettes, and finally gritted her teeth. What?! The bird has either turned stupid or it was aesthetically abnormal.
Luo XiaoLou glared angrily at the strange black bird flying above, as he struggled and spat, “Oh my God! Is this stupid bird aesthetically abnormal?! Obviously Yuan Xi is much better looking than me!”
125, on the other hand, consoled him, “Don’t be so pessimistic, my dear. If you lifted the seal, you would be the most beautiful person in the universe!”
Luo XiaoLou moaned in despair, “…What I’m trying to say is that that’s not the point, okay?”
125 moved and spoke in a small voice, “Do you have to tell me the truth? Birds are no fools. Look at Yuan Xi’s fierce look. If it was me I’d rather submit for a change.” These damned bullying birds!
Luo XiaoLou struggled while Xiao Qiao fought back, but the two of them looked so weak under the iron giant claws of the Beauty Bird. At the same time, most people were relieved that it wasn’t them, while others showed worried expressions. Suddenly, there were three more people that rose up into the sky.
They were Yuan Xi, Li Jay and Ino.
Eva froze and muttered, “Ino!”
The Beauty Bird mocked and sneered at the three, gripped the two and proudly turned around. The sky was its territory but it couldn’t fly high while carrying its prey. Li Jay was a bit backward and went down first. Yuan Xi sucked in his breath and mimicked his mecha’s movements, shifting in a hard mid-air turn, and stopping the beauty bird with a sword.
Ino was right behind it, and soon as Li Jay’s shoulders hit the ground, he leapt upwards. Together they forced the bird downwards.
Li Jay came up just in time to slash the bird’s claws, and the bird was forced to drop Xiao Qiao, but it looked at Yuan Xi and Ino above it, and then at Li Jay, who was rushing towards it again. With a fierce gleam in its eye, it dragged Luo XiaoLou down to the ground and then crushed itself on top of Luo XiaoLou, intending not to move until its prey was dead.
Yuan Xi’s face changed. Then seeing a flash of white fur move underneath the Beauty Bird and knowing that Luo XiaoLou was fine, he looked at the beauty bird gloomily. Now that the others were attacking too, he wondered if they would irritate it and cause it to hurt Luo XiaoLou.
Just as the Beauty Bird was about to take off, Yuan Xi moved. It was a movement and speed that was difficult for normal people to capture. It was a mecha’s difficult maneuver, the sequential wave movement.
The crowd only saw a flash, and even the creature didn’t have time to react. A black sword silently passed through its left eye, looped around its head and exited through its right eye. The Beauty Bird didn’t even scream before it fell dead without a sound.
Yuan Xi immediately flipped over the Beauty Bird and found that Luo XiaoLou had transformed back into his human form before he completely tossed the strange bird aside.
Ino also leaned in and whispered, “Is he okay?”
When Li Jay helped Xiao Qiao fly over, Luo XiaoLou was struggling to get up from the ground, and he pulled hard on Yuan Xi’s outstretched hand.
As a result, one touch revealed that Yuan Xi’s hand was actually trembling slightly. Luo XiaoLou looked at Yuan Xi with surprise and emotion, “Darling, you don’t have to be afraid. I’m fine.”
Yuan Xi coldly scanned him from top to bottom a few times, then said, “You misunderstood. I just finished performing an extreme move and I’m exhausted.”
125 praised him with starry eyes, “Right! That move was so cool!”
Luo XiaoLou was speechless. Couldn’t these two not tell him the truth! Then he noticed that Yuan Xi’s hands were indeed still shaking, but Yuan Xi’s face didn’t show it at all, as he stood there expressionless. Luo XiaoLou immediately stuck to Yuan Xi’s side, trying to keep him as close to him as possible.
Yuan Xi turned to look at Ino and said softly, “Thank you.”
Ino also smiled, with undisguised appreciation and admiration for an expert in his eyes, “Mutual. Xiao Qiao is a disciple of our Yi family, and I have to thank you.”
Yuan Xi nodded slightly, not looking at the other Yi family’s astonished eyes, and motioned for Li Jay and Xiao Qiao to walk back together.
At this time, one of the Yi family’s disciples quietly reported to Ino and the others, “Second Young Master, I’ve watched carefully over the past two days. That man’s movements are so fast that we definitely couldn’t see his shots, let alone the type.”
Ino sighed, “Looking at his skills today, we also know that we can’t see it. The difference is too big.”
Burning hate appeared in Ino’s usually calm eyes, “Let’s not talk about it now. The matter of a rank five guardian beast leaving the guardian area and appearing in the free zone outside the boundary, we must report it. It has never happened before. It’s fine if it’s a coincidence, but if there’s a mutation…”
“Oh God, then there would be no way for humans to live.” People were talking about it, with fear on their faces.
Above the group’s heads, infinitely far away, beyond the grey hole.
A man in gray was turning toward a stunning beauty and saying, “I can assure you, this machine can bring you out of the gray hole. So, I hope you don’t disappoint me and let them all die inside.”
The stunning beauty was obviously Qian Heng, who smiled slightly, “Of course, Your Excellency. So, it’s better to work with you than with Yue Shang. It’s neat and clean. We both win.”
“Alright, you quickly debug the equipment and go down early. Don’t forget that thing I asked you to do along the way.”
“Don’t worry. I’ll go to the temple.”
Luo XiaoLou and Yuan Xi and the others had no awareness of this at all. They were busy enjoying a sumptuous meal. Luo XiaoLou knew that Yuan Xi’s body was in a weak state, and was taking care of him. Yuan Xi couldn’t wait for him to bring the food to his mouth.
Luo XiaoLou usually refused to cooperate with him in that position…