Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Luo XiaoLou and Yuan Xi took Ivan back to the palace. Of course, there was the batch of materials for Luo XiaoLou, although Ivan only came with a small part. The rest Arthur would send with someone else.
Yuan Xi walked ahead with a cold face. The four of them had just entered the hall, when they were greeted by Mr. Butler, who said that the two Majesties and His Highness Yuan Che were waiting for them to have dinner together.
Yuan Xi hesitated for an instant, but quickly said, “Okay. We’ll go there immediately.”
Ivan was taken down by the butler to wash up, while Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou went back to their rooms to change their clothes.
Luo XiaoLou whispered from the back, “You can’t blame me. There was no better way…”
Yuan Xi gave him an icy glare and said sarcastically, “Can I expect you to think of anything better? Yes, our hero, I feel very honored that you informed me before you left. You bought us five minutes of your precious time!”
Luo XiaoLou blushed. Of course he knew that was a bit of an exaggeration.
As the two were heading out the door, Yuan Xi, obviously still angry, glared at Luo XiaoLou and said, “Don’t reveal your identity.”
Luo XiaoLou nodded. Since he dared to drive 125 to rescue people, he’d thought of a way to deal with it. It would just advance his plans by a few days.
The two of them entered the dining room and sat down. Yuan Nuo couldn’t help but ask, “Brother, why is Luo XiaoLou allowed to pilot a mecha? If I remember correctly, he is obviously a mecha maker with genetic rank D, right?” As he spoke about it, Yuan Nuo’s face scrunched up. He remembered the time they were at Louis Castle and they met the octopus man. Luo XiaoLou had justifiably emphasized that he was a pitiful mecha maker.
All the people at the table looked at Luo XiaoLou. Although they didn’t have obvious reactions, it was impossible not to know about such a big thing.
Luo XiaoLou coughed and said, “That…of course you remember correctly. My genetic grade D is accurate. However, these days I have been doing research to modify mecha. I tried to make a few biological mecha. Of course, this is technology I got by chance, and it may not be comprehensive. The characteristics of the bio-mecha, in addition to having more powerful performance data, is its toughness, even across the tiers. Another thing is that the limit on the genetic level isn’t high, C rank, even D rank people can pilot it.”
In fact, if the bio-mecha was upgraded to a certain level, like the exotic beast mechas, it completely ignored genetic rankings.
Even so, all the people at the table were stunned.
Yuan Lie even stood up and stared at Luo XiaoLou with glowing eyes. “You mean you made it?!”
Except for Feng JiaLing, who narrowed his eyes, everyone else had a look of surprise and joy. Yuan Nuo’s fork even fell on the table.
Luo XiaoLou scratched his head and said, “Yeah. It’s just mecha. It’s still in the trial stage.”
“Does it really ignore rank?” Yuan Nuo asked, shocked.
“In theory, yes. A friend of mine with genetic rank C is trying it out.” Luo XiaoLou glanced at Yuan Xi at his side, and immediately said to him, “It’s Tian Li. He always wanted to be a mecha warrior. Now is the perfect opportunity.”
Yuan Lie laughed out loud and said, “If the bio-mecha succeeds, it will be a huge innovation. The military department has been conducting research in this area, but progress has been very slow. I didn’t think you could do it, but those old men in the military will probably want to kill themselves.”
Yuan Nuo said, “Fortunately, the Federation’s people left early. It’s ridiculous that they were chasing after Luo XiaoLou to test their skills. Now it seems that they weren’t on the same level.”
Yuan Xi sneered, “If I get the message too late, I’m afraid I won’t be able to leave even if I want to.” The matter of him and Luo XiaoLou falling into the Gray Hole had been investigated and it was clearly a deliberate attack. Thinking about it, Yuan Xi clenched his fist hard. Even though he had taken precautions, it was not only Yuan Lie who had fed a white-eyed wolf.
When the investigation to find out what problems Yue Shang was involved in was completed, he would take care of Yue Shang in every way. If they met again–
Just then, Luo XiaoLou stepped on Yuan Xi’s foot.
Yuan Xi stared as Luo XiaoLou raised his head, and looked at him innocently, twice, without any intention of apologizing.
Yuan Xi smiled faintly. Fortunately the person he liked was Luo XiaoLou. He discreetly grabbed Luo XiaoLou who wanted to slip away at the first opportunity.
“When are you going to send the mecha to the military department?” Yuan Lie asked. “Can this mecha be made in large quantities?”
“Tier 3 and Tier 4 should be possible.” Luo XiaoLou said. They could be treated like ordinary mecha. The ordinary mecha were also Tier 3 and Tier 4, and could be made with mass production. Whether advanced mecha production and biogenetic fusion could be promoted, were big questions.
“Okay, you speed up, and hopefully we can have a batch of bio-mecha before the danger comes,” said Yuan Lie as he nodded in satisfaction.
The next day, Yuan Xi didn’t quickly leave in the early morning, but instead went to the studio with Luo XiaoLou. There were three space buttons on the desktop, and a half-finished mecha on the floor.
Yuan Xi clasped his arms and glanced around the room. Normally, he wouldn’t have shown up voluntarily, only if Luo XiaoLou asked him to.
“This is a bio-mecha?” said Yuan Xi as he looked at the half-finished product Luo XiaoLou was busy working on in his hands.
“In fact, it’s a failure. Those on the table are the finished ones. Well, if you’ll wait, I’ll test the data first.” Luo XiaoLou said. He stood up and walked towards Yuan Xi.
He picked up a white space button with his black gloved hand, andf brought out a huge silver-grey mecha. Then his fingers pressed a few buttons on the workbench, and a metal table slowly moved down, along with a chair and small control keyboard.
Luo XiaoLou looked at it twice and walked towards the metal table.
Yuan Xi gazed at Luo XiaoLou, who was working seriously. He had almost never seen Luo XiaoLou like this before. The weak, timid Luo XiaoLou seemed instantly taller, and more than a little cute.
Thinking of this, Yuan Xi quickly went over, picked Luo XiaoLou up and put him on the metal table in the air when he was about to flip up.
Luo XiaoLou was shocked, then calmed down. He smiled at Yuan Xi, and the metal table began to rise.
Yuan Xi leaned on the workbench and watched with interest as Luo XiaoLou went about his business. It was more appealing to him than his usual training and work.
Not long after, Luo XiaoLou stood up excitedly, and turned to Yuan Xi, “Hubby! It’s unimaginable! You know, the performance data of this Tier 6 mecha, it actually reached-“
Luo XiaoLou watched as Yuan Xi jumped directly onto the two-meter-high metal platform to stand in front of him, then came over and gave him a kiss. “Achieved what?”
“Tier 8 mid-level…” Luo XiaoLou murmured in reply as he looked at Yuan Xi’s handsome and perfect face.
Yuan Xi’s face showed his surprise, then he announced, “I’ll take this mecha.”
He looked at the huge mecha in front of him up close for a moment, then turned his head, pinched Luo XiaoLou’s face and said, “I can’t believe you did it so quickly, honey. Although, I don’t mind if you’re a little dumb. I’m used to it.”
Luo XiaoLou blushed. Yuan Xi kept saying he was stupid, but in fact, the other side of it was that he didn’t want to put too much pressure on him. His genetic rating was D. When they weren’t married, many media outlets took that to heart, but they were squashed by Yuan Xi.
It wasn’t until Yuan Xi put the mecha away and stored it in his pocket that Luo XiaoLou came back to his senses and started testing another mecha, also at Tier 8 mid-level, but with individual data lower than Yuan Xi’s. Yuan Xi took this one and tested it himself.
Yuan Xi took one for his own and brought another to the military. He took the designs of the two mecha given by Luo XiaoLou, and then asked Luo XiaoLou for a parting kiss before he left the studio.
Luo XiaoLou looked at the door for a while, then began to concentrate on finishing the defective mecha, which was four-fifths biological mecha parts. In the end it was a lost cause. Because of the accident, it caused a problem with the fusion of a part, so it couldn’t be considered a bio-mecha.
The mecha was assembled and fused at the same time, then after it was assembled, it began to connect to the surrounding fused parts, so the parts could not be replaced.
Although Luo XiaoLou regretted it, he still carefully assembled all the parts.
Such a mecha would, nevertheless, be much tougher than an ordinary Tier 6 mecha.
By noon, Luo XiaoLou had finally finished assembling it. At this time, there were two knocks on his studio door. Luo XiaoLou stood up, opened the door, and said, “Mr. Butler, I’ll be right– ah, Ivan? How come it’s you?”
While looking inside with shining crystal eyes, Ivan said, “I just got up and Mr. Butler asked me to come to call you for lunch.”
“Okay, wait for me for two minutes. I’ll tidy up a bit and then I can leave.”
Luo XiaoLou was about to enter the palace when three more people appeared at the end of the corridor, “Luo XiaoLou, wait!”
Luo XiaoLou glanced at them. It was actually Li Jay, Xiao Qiao and Dees, who he hadn’t seen for a long time. The three of them quickly arrived in front of him.
Luo XiaoLou said in surprise, “Long time no see. How are you all doing?”
Li Jay smiled and said, “The Founding God, no, His Highness Yuan Che, sent us to the royal palace guards for training. Then you guys came back and went somewhere else, so that’s why we didn’t come over. But it’s so cool, I love the way we fight here!”
XiaoQiao smiled as well, her little face flushed. “I really didn’t expect that our Creator is actually your prince, and you and Yuan Xi are actually of such high status.”
Luo XiaoLou was relieved to find that Li Jay and Xiao Qiao still treated him like before. “Everyone is unique in his original world. But when they get to the Grey Hole, it’s all the same starting point.”
Dees had seen a lot of upper class people in the Grey Hole, and was a lot more calm about it than Li Jay and Xiao Qiao. He turned his head to look at Luo XiaoLou. “It’s really good to see you again. Because His Highness Yuan Che arranged for us to train, the twenty people who came with us and Li Jay, were able to train as mecha warriors. But Xiao Qiao can’t, she has gene rank C. I am a B rank. Although I can participate in the training, I prefer to be a mecha maker and create mecha for Lord Ling Xiao. So Xiao Qiao and I came to see you.”
“I can definitely make mecha,” Dees said with a proud face.
Luo XiaoLou looked at the emotional Dees, then at Xiao Qiao who was a little lost. He asked with a smile, “What? You like being a mecha warrior?”
Xiao Qiao’s eyes darkened. “I found out after I entered the ancient martial arts school that I like being a warrior more, but-“
Luo XiaoLou glanced at the table and said, “Actually, you can still do it, if you really want to be a mecha warrior.”
“You, you mean I still have a chance?!” XiaoQiao shouted in surprise.
Luo XiaoLou took the last space button from the table, and tossed it into Xiao Qiao’s hand. “Take it. You’re very unexpectedly lucky. This thing isn’t easy to find outside. It’s a mecha, but it’s different from the usual mecha, so you can also pilot it.”
Xiao Qiao froze, looked at the object in her hand and then jumped up excitedly, “Brother Jay! I can do it! I don’t have to leave you guys anymore!” She had immense trust in Luo XiaoLou’s manufacturing. Just like in the Grey Hole, Luo XiaoLou could create surprises for them.
But Xiao Qiao didn’t know that this surprise, in this world, was too big.
Ivan, on the other hand, licked his lips, and his eyes stared at the space button. Others weren’t clear, but he knew. Luo XiaoLou’s mecha was no ordinary product, and yet, he actually gave it away so casually.
Li Jay gratefully patted the top of Xiao Qiao’s head. “Silly girl. You wouldn’t have had to leave us.”
Luo XiaoLou packed up the studio, and said, “Since you guys came to see me, let’s all have lunch. It’s not easy to get together.”
Several people went to the small dining room together. Luo XiaoLou was happy to be able to gather with his Grey Hole friends.
“I’m usually here at the studio. You guys can come by when you have time,” Luo XiaoLou said with a smile.
Xiao Qiao rolled her eyes and said, “Brother Jay and I weren’t sent out by the Grey Hole. We came here with you guys on our own. Can Brother Jay and I really follow you and Yuan Xi to the war in the future?”
Li Jay smiled, “Sure, but with that grade of yours, it can’t be done without good practice.”
“What about Master Li Suo and the others?” Luo XiaoLou asked.
“They are much better than me, so they have to participate in advanced training. And there’s also online cultural training, which is really killing me.” Li Jay muttered.
Dees and Xiao Qiao also felt the same way. Ivan shrunk. Luo XiaoLou smiled. Finally there was someone who could appreciate the pain he used to feel. He said to Ivan and Dees, “I think you two can study together in the future. Ivan has also just started to learn mecha manufacturing.”
Dees glanced sideways at the little friend. The corners of his mouth twitched, but he still nodded, “We can both start by being your assistants.”
As lunch continued, there was a sudden hubbub outside which was very rare in the palace.
Not long after, Mr. Butler appeared in front of them, he was leading two officers.
Mr. Butler said, “Your Highness, they came with permission from His Highness Yuan Xi.”
One of the officers saluted Luo XiaoLou, and said respectfully, “Your Highness Prince Consort. In fact it was Lieutenant General Hatton who asked His Highness Yuan Xi for permission to let us come. Lieutenant General Hatton wants the mecha you created. I’m very sorry to disturb your lunch.”
Luo XiaoLou stood up, “No, we just finished. I’ll take you there now.”
After that, Luo XiaoLou, Dees and Ivan went to the studio, while Li Jay and Xiao Qiao ran off with their surprise to try out the new mecha. But what was the military department going to do with the abandoned mecha? Luo XiaoLou wondered.
The officer blushed, rubbed his hands and answered, “Lieutenant General Hatton wants us to take it apart to study, but that bio-mecha can’t be moved. They fell in love with it, and wanted to use it for practice and research.”
Luo XiaoLou thought of the old man with the white beard, and couldn’t help but laugh out loud.