Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The next day, the pink apron was silently destroyed by Luo XiaoLou. Yuan Xi grunted without saying a word. Besides, he had bought a few more so there would be no problem if he implemented a short term rotation.
Yuan Xi sat down at the breakfast table and began to make arrangements for the day as the head of the family, “I’ll take you to that place you mentioned yesterday–“
“Heavenly Winter Auction House,” Luo XiaoLou interjected. Thinking of his latest project, he couldn’t be bothered with Yuan Xi anymore.
“Yes, that auction house, and then I’ll go to the military headquarters. When you’re done, A5 will come and pick you up. Don’t worry, you’ll be protected. What happened yesterday won’t happen again.” Yuan Xi promised, his eyes narrowing a bit.
While Luo XiaoLou was stunned, Yuan Xi leaned in and kissed him, then explained, “The reporters who came to you were arranged by someone. I already ordered for someone to deal with them last night, and there won’t be any more. If they dare to come back, I’ll be happy to give them a taste of what I can do.”
Luo XiaoLou stared at Yuan Xi. He liked this feeling. It seemed that Yuan Xi had completely forgotten his exotic beast status and was only thinking of protecting him. Was this the power of the contract causing this affection?
Luo XiaoLou was puzzled, but he wisely didn’t ask too many questions. If he was the only one that felt those feelings, he didn’t know how long he would be laughed at by Yuan Xi – he had too much self respect.
As Luo XiaoLou stared at him, Yuan Xi’s arrogant expression softened a bit, and he lifted the corners of his lips slightly. Luo XiaoLou leaned over and kissed him. This guy never knew how to hide his feelings; acting like a complete jerk but showing his care, infatuation, and even love. Is this guy’s mental age really as old as he says it is?
“It’s really pure love,” Yuan Xi muttered, staring at Luo XiaoLou’s lips, which were wet from the kiss. He couldn’t help but lean in again and give Luo XiaoLou another kiss. Of course he, as a husband, would try to satisfy his wife.
Finally, Yuan Xi stormed into their bedroom with a dark face, as Luo XiaoLou walked behind him, holding back a smile. Yuan Xi went to take a cold shower, looking as if Luo XiaoLou had seduced him on purpose.
Yuan Xi dropped Luo XiaoLou off at the entrance of Heavenly Winter Auction House. Before Luo XiaoLou got out of the car, he said goodbye to him, “Honey, come home early tonight.”
“You’re so clingy. I know!” Yuan Xi replied with disgust, although his tone was good.
Luo XiaoLou was led down the stairs, but before he could take more than a few steps, the sound of familiar laughter sounded in front of him. Manager Gao had already been waiting for him.
“Your Highness, Prince Consort, you kept us waiting so long. Fortunately, you and His Highness have been blessed by God to return safely from the grey hole,” Manager Gao exclaimed with a big smile on his face and real concern in his eyes.
Luo XiaoLou also smiled as he looked at the energetic Manager Gao and replied, “Thank you, Brother Gao, for thinking of me.”
Manager Gao knew that there were some things Luo XiaoLou couldn’t talk about, so he grinned and changed the subject, “I’ve had a lot of good things here in the past few months.
“Of course I also brought you some energy boxes and mecha parts. It’s just as well. I would like to ask Brother to find something,” Luo XiaoLou announced.
Manager Gao’s mouth was agape. Luo XiaoLou’s energy boxes and parts had been popular in the past. And he was now able to make Grade 4 parts. On a B-class planet like Planet Anse, Grade 4 parts were still hard to come by.
Luo XiaoLou’s energy boxes were becoming more and more advanced, and because of these alone, Heavenly Winter’s regular customers had been increasing. Also his performance had been much higher than other planet directors.
“Your Highness still has seventy million dollars in the balance with me. Would you like to settle it first?” Manager Gao asked with a smiling face.
Luo XiaoLou shook his head, “No, I’ll get it after deducting the things I want to buy.” He wanted a lot of things this time, and he might not have enough money.
After Luo XiaoLou thanked him, he put his box on the table and opened it under the expectant eyes of Manager Gao.
Manager Gao looked inside, and his face immediately showed a surprised expression. There were at least several hundred energy boxes, and although there were not many parts, they were not low-grade at first glance. What’s more, there were also two engines.
“…So many? No, no, it’s not too much, it’s wonderful!” Manager Gao had waited for months for Luo XiaoLou’s energy boxes and parts. He had even been prepared for Luo XiaoLou to stop supplying parts.
Luo XiaoLou laughed, “These were all made while practicing every day while I was away.” The good ones had already been picked up by Yuan Xi and 125, and he had also given one to Luo ShaoTian and Yates.
After returning from the gray hole, when Luo XiaoLou thanked Luo ShaoTian personally, Luo ShaoTian didn’t reply to Luo XiaoLou’s thanks, but instead said that he wanted an energy box. Luo XiaoLou gazed at Luo ShaoTian, who had been cold-faced when he asked for it, thought of all the things he had done in the past, and immediately agreed.
Luo XiaoLou took out a list of materials and handed it to Manager Gao, who looked it over a few times before immediately looking at Luo XiaoLou in surprise. He asked hesitantly, “Is Your Highness buying materials for Master Yan?”
Luo XiaoLou shook his head, “Why would Master Yan have me buy him things? He has plenty of good materials at his place, so Kane will naturally provide them for him.”
Manager Gao laughed, “Your Highness is joking. I heard that the military department would be supplying you materials.”
The Ministry of Military Affairs was not so insensitive. Not to mention Luo XiaoLou’s identity, with his craftsmanship, it’s hard to find a mecha maker of this level unless they are a master.
Luo XiaoLou thought about the materials provided by the Ministry of Military Affairs. When he recalled the middle-aged Lieutenant General Hutton, he laughed, “That’s not so bad, but the Ministry of Military Affairs has given most of the materials to make the parts to others.”
“Your Highness can make Grade 5 and 6 parts now?” Manager Gao asked. The materials on this list range from Grade 5 to Grade 8, and Grade 8 was the highest grade material they could barely get. Fortunately, the Grade 5 materials were the most on the list, while Grade 8 were the least. Even so, they would still need to have the main auction house transfer them over.
“It’s just a trial. Whether it will work or not is yet to be seen,” Luo XiaoLou answered casually. Now that his Source of Consciousness power had increased a lot compared to before, it should not be a problem for him to make Grade 6 or 7 parts. And as for Grade 8 parts, he had already made some for officer Qi Mo. As for the parts needed to assemble the whole mecha, he really had to see them first.
He bought various grades of materials, mainly to prepare for the biological mecha.
Manager Gao was secretly amazed that Luo XiaoLou could dare to say ‘try’, or even have any confidence in his mind of attempting Grade 6, 7, or even 8!
What was Luo XiaoLou’s level of mecha manufacturing now? An eighth-rank maker under the age of twenty? That’s not just a genius anymore…
Manager Gao recalled the media’s news about the prince of the Federation’s Xiao Kingdom chasing Luo XiaoLou for a challenge. Was there any need to compare?
No wonder Luo XiaoLou dared to say that if he could win once, he could win a second time. It seemed that the Prince Consort was not just saying this… Thinking of this, Manager Gao’s heart was filled with admiration and joy, “No problem,” he declared, “However, I need three days to prepare these materials, and I will personally send them over then.”
“Okay, in addition, I also need some Spiritual Power Intensifier.” Luo XiaoLou added. His success rate was almost 100%, and although it cost Source of Consciousness, it was every mecha warrior’s dream to raise his mecha level by one tier.
“I’ve been saving this item for you for a long time, and now I have about ten bottles of it,” Manager Gao stated immediately.
“Okay, I’ll take them all.” Luo XiaoLou calculated the cost. Ten bottles of reinforcing agent was one hundred million, and with the materials he needed, it would be at least three hundred million. What he had brought to trade was worth one hundred and fifty million.
After considering for a while, Luo XiaoLou promised, “Manager Gao, I’ll send you some more in a few days-“
Manager Gao immediately stopped Luo XiaoLou, rubbed his hands and replied, “Your Highness, there is no hurry about the money. I can send you the materials first. In fact, I only hope that if Your Highness buys the materials and makes good things, that you can send us one or two pieces…”
Manager Gao, with eagerness and expectation on his face, was taking a risk by giving up the unique Advanced Energy Box and instead asking for mecha parts that Luo XiaoLou had not yet made, without knowing if Luo XiaoLou could make them. However, Manager Gao had confidence in Luo XiaoLou. If Luo XiaoLou really agreed, then he had a hunch that the Heavenly Winter Auction House would become even more powerful and famous.
Luo XiaoLou blinked his eyes, considered for a while, and finally agreed, “Yes, since Brother said so, I can only do my best, and I hope to give you good news as soon as possible.”
Manager Gao was relieved, and affirmed with a smile on his face, “Of course, I’m looking forward to the good news from Your Highness.”
Then, Manager Gao had some of the existing materials and the ten bottles of reinforcing agent prepared and sent over. After the follow-up was finalized, Luo XiaoLou got up to take his leave, and Manager Gao personally escorted Luo XiaoLou out the door.
After Luo XiaoLou arrived home, he carried the large pile of materials upstairs with the help of 125. Although he was going to make a Tier 5 mecha, he hadn’t bought a full set of materials.
He didn’t buy any of the Grade 9 materials because he had plenty of them, and he only bought a very small portion of the Grade 8 materials, and instead bought more of the Grade 5 and 6 materials. This gave Manager Gao the illusion that Luo XiaoLou was going to make parts. He didn’t even consider that Luo XiaoLou was going to make a mecha.
After taking inventory of the Grade 5 materials he had bought, and taking some more from 125’s inventory, he gathered together the materials for the Tier 5 mecha. Luo XiaoLou took out a set of genetic samples that Arthur had sent him which were necessary to make the biological mecha.
First, he organized his thoughts in his head, drew up a design, and then started working on it.
All of the Grade 5 materials were treated with Source of Consciousness. And each time, twice the amount of material was needed to treat the mecha parts.
After this process, Luo XiaoLou started assembling the parts, applying Source of Consciousness for duplication, making two identical parts each time. While this consumed Source of Consciousness, it was highly efficient, and also exercised his Source of Consciousness.
When the alarm clock went off, he paused for a moment, then continued to finish the parts in his hands and opened his eyes.
It was almost evening. A quarter of the Grade 5 parts were finished, and Luo XiaoLou’s Source of Consciousness was almost exhausted. He was doing this for the sake of the quality of the Tier 5 mecha, and more importantly, to increase the success rate of the next Tier 10 mecha, which was the one he would make for Yuan Xi.
Luo XiaoLou moved his slightly stiff body and went downstairs to make dinner. Afterwards, seeing that Yuan Xi was not back yet, he went to the physical training room for a while.
In the evening, when Yuan Xi entered the virtual network for training, Luo XiaoLou took out another energy stone and began to quench the Source of Consciousness and Spiritual Power, a habit he had maintained since coming out of the gray hole. Luo XiaoLou was once again grateful for 125’s collecting habits, as he now had enough energy stones.
At this time, at the risk of being beaten by Yuan Xi, 125 leaned in to pick up the spent pieces and sat down beside Luo XiaoLou, absorbing the unusually strong Source of Consciousness power that spilled out of Luo XiaoLou’s hand, with a look of ecstasy on his face.
What Luo XiaoLou didn’t know was that many high-ranking officers were now eating and sleeping at the military headquarters. And on observing Yuan Xi, who insisted on going home every day, secretly regarded him as a good family man. Of course, no one dared to mention this to the noble prince.
At noon on the fifth day, Luo XiaoLou was relieved that all the parts were finally completed, and now it was just a matter of fusing the beast’s genes with the mecha parts and assembling them. As for the fusion of biological genes, Luo XiaoLou had already practiced in the gray hole, and he had also studied it for a long time.
Luo XiaoLou took a deep breath and then brought the genetic samples over.
Before starting the fusion, Luo XiaoLou deliberately quenched the Source of Consciousness again, and waited until his Source of Consciousness was at its peak before starting the fusion.
Throughout the afternoon, Luo XiaoLou did not leave the studio, and 125 did not dare to do anything else, keeping a close eye on Luo XiaoLou at all times.
When Luo XiaoLou put down the last part, 125 leaped over to him, wiped his sweat and exclaimed, “That’s good, although the fusion success rate isn’t 100%, you can finish a biological mecha! Even this mecha, which has half the parts of a bio-mecha, will be better than a regular Tier 5 mecha. A normal Tier 5 mecha at the higher level won’t be able to achieve this effect.”
Luo XiaoLou’s face was slightly pale, but there was joy in his eyes.
A Tier 5 biological mecha, which he would soon be able to produce, would help Tian Li fulfill his dream. Now he would work toward a higher level, up to level ten.
That evening, Yuan Xi informed Luo XiaoLou that they must return to Imperial Capital in two days, and that the two of them may have to rely on a virtual network to attend classes until the border problem was solved.
Yuan Xi was too busy, and he didn’t trust Luo XiaoLou to stay at Planet Anse by himself. He was afraid Luo XiaoLou would miss him too much.
Luo XiaoLou’s mouth twitched at the corner, but he didn’t argue. Yuan Xi hugged Luo XiaoLou with satisfaction. Besides, now he was used to sleeping with Luo XiaoLou.
Two days later, Luo XiaoLou followed Yuan Xi to the Imperial Capital in a military spaceship, and at the same time, Tian Li and Manager Gao each received a box with a password. When they received their boxes, their communicators received the password from Luo XiaoLou.
They both opened their boxes with surprise and saw a beautiful white space button, so pure, it almost seemed under a spell.
Yates, who happened to be by Tian Li’s side at the time, gulped, pushed Tian Li’s arm, and urged, “Come on, open it.”
Tian Li trembled and touched the space button, beckoned the mecha, and then stared at the ten-meter tall black mecha, which stood with a fierce and overbearing air. It was as if an ancient fierce beast stood in front of them. Tian Li and Yates, in shock, could not close their mouths.
“God, you’re a lucky guy. I’m jealous of you!” Yates shouted as he jumped on the black mecha.
Yates was quickly shoved over by Tian Li, who shuddered and enthused, “Real, it’s really real! Shit, it’s actually real. Move, move, move, it’s mine! My mecha!”
For the first time, the rugged Tian Li felt his eyes go sore. He swore, from that first time he saw such an aggressive mecha, that no one else’s mecha could ever compare to Hero. That was its name. Tian Li was sure it must be called Hero.
Manager Gao was also dumbfounded at the Tier 5 mecha in front of him. He thought Luo XiaoLou was making parts, but he had received a mecha!
He quickly called his right-hand man over, and the two of them personally tested the Tier 5 mecha, and the measured data brought silence back to the room. The data was no less than a higher Tier 6 mecha!
Manager Gao let out a sigh of relief, touched the mecha in front of him, and said seriously, “It looks like this mecha will have to go to the main auction house.”