Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
When Luo XiaoLou came to his senses, Yuan Xi was leaning against the bed, his firm chest was still heaving, his eyes were filled with excitement. The afterglow of the passion covered his handsome and arrogant face. It gave him a dry-mouth feeling.
The two were very close to each other. In fact, one of Yuan Xi’s arms was still tightly wrapped around his waist.
Yuan Xi soon noticed Luo XiaoLou was staring at him. He immediately looked at him, and said with a black face, “Why haven’t you changed back? This look is ugly!”
Luo XiaoLou was startled. He soon found something was wrong. His hair was too long, and when he reached out to touch, actually felt two hairy things on his head. Those sensitive ear tips, he couldn’t help but tremble a little, even if he barely touched them. Then, Luo XiaoLou’s dazed gaze fell on the tail that was pinched in Yuan Xi’s hand.
Yuan Xi grunted. His hand gently exerted force, and the tingling in Luo XiaoLou’s bones almost made him jump up in shock.
God, this wasn’t one of Yuan Xi’s nasty love fantasies. It was real, even somehow connected to his senses!
“What’s going on here?!” Luo XiaoLou raised his voice and shouted.
It seemed that he hadn’t realized that he had changed, but Yuan Xi didn’t intend to remind him again. He just continued to say, dissatisfied, “How do I know? I came in and you were like this, and…and lustful. Slutty pestering me to do you. Although I don’t mind being used by you, but, you should be responsible for your actions.”
Luo XiaoLou blushed, embarrassed. “I…I’m not sure. After I absorbed the source fruit, I got really dizzy–“
“Okay, you change back for me first. If you look like this…how humiliating if I take you out!” Yuan Xi said viciously while he looked up and down at Luo XiaoLou.
“I know, but I haven’t even figured out what’s happened. Wait for me to go to the bathroom. Hey, can you let go? Don’t pull! Don’t you know it hurts!” Luo XiaoLou’s accusation weakened under Yuan Xi’s gaze.
“125 will know what is going on.” Yuan Xi picked up his shirt from the floor, and wrapped Luo XiaoLou tightly in it. Then he let 125, who was crouching outside the door, come in.
The door soon opened a small gap and 125 poked his head in, much faster than when Luo XiaoLou called him.
Luo XiaoLou pushed down the small sourness in his heart. He looked at 125 for help, like grasping a straw. “125, what’s wrong with me? Why do I look like this?”
125 blinked. “Second form? Oh, it’s actually quite normal. It should have been possible to change when you were able to transform into your original form, the exotic beast. Now that it’s out, there’s no need to make a fuss about it.”
“Huh? What matters now is whether I can still change back into a normal adult.” Luo XiaoLou was puzzled for a moment, then asked the question he was most concerned about.
“Of course you can. You should be able to transform freely.” 125 watched Yuan Xi’s face for a while, and finally walked in. He was holding a test tube with something black in it.
Luo XiaoLou also looked at Yuan Xi. He no longer expected the guy to know the virtue of evasion, so he closed his eyes. His ears twitched, then his tail. A tail that was still pinched in the palm of Yuan Xi’s hand, so he didn’t pull it out after all. A few seconds later, Luo XiaoLou’s ears and tail quickly disappeared, and his whole person also changed back to his original appearance.
Just like that, without any real knowledge, Luo XiaoLou completed the transformation of human form and second form.
Yuan Xi nodded in satisfaction. “This looks much better.” Although it was good to play like that once in a while, in the end he still looked best like this. The Luo XiaoLou of that appearance gave him some kind of impulse, while the current one made him feel heartbroken.
Luo XiaoLou sighed in relief and muttered under his breath, “This change can be too unpleasant. What are the ears and tail coming out for? And why did I suddenly appear in my second form?”
125 raised the test tube in his hand. “I think it’s because of this. This is the blood that came out of your body.”
“Mine?” Luo XiaoLou looked at the black liquid in surprise. He didn’t quite recognize it for a moment.
“No.” 125 looked up at Luo XiaoLou. “This blood is Luo ShaoFan’s.” Last time when Luo ShaoFan threatened Luo XiaoLou, he personally collected Luo ShaoFan’s genetic sample so that he could keep an eye on Luo ShaoFan’s movements through the network when needed.
But later, that guy actually evaded his tracking in some way, and 125 wasn’t going to say anything about that.
Luo XiaoLou was stunned. He and Luo ShaoFan had only met a few times. How could Luo ShaoFan’s blood appear in his body? Yuan Xi also frowned. He felt that his ownership was seriously provoked, and he couldn’t help but ask with a sullen face, “What’s going on?”
“I think it was made when Luo ShaoFan went to the Luo family instead of Luo XiaoLou. This is a particle technology that allows a small part of Luo ShaoFan’s blood to mix with your blood. Ms. Jin was probably afraid that Luo ChengYun would recognize that Luo ShaoFan wasn’t the son of Madam Li and made it on purpose.”
Luo XiaoLou was surprised. The first thing that came to mind, was the page of notes that he saw at that time, from before Luo XiaoLou’s suicide, when he found out that Luo ChengYun had been doing exotic beast-related experiments, and they weren’t completely ineffective. So, it turned out that this was how it happened.
Ms. Jin had always wanted her son to be a dragon. She had gone out of her way to do the baby-swapping thing only to, unbeknownst to her, push her son into an unimaginable abyss.
Thinking of Luo ChengYun’s icy gaze, Luo XiaoLou couldn’t help but shiver.
“Hmph, this is a good thing. Now, no matter how much they investigate, you and the Jin family will no longer have a connection,” Yuan Xi interjected. He couldn’t wait for Luo XiaoLou to only rely on him, not to mention toss out the Jin family. Luo XiaoLou didn’t need those kinds of relatives.
“I’ll check again.” 125 said. He came over and drew a small tube of blood from Luo XiaoLou’s outstretched arm.
Luo XiaoLou also used the moment to inspect his Source of Consciousness to see what kind of upgrade he’d gotten. Then he froze. There was a huge spiritual power inside him, at least ten times his original power. However, this power was neither Source of Consciousness nor Spiritual Power, but a new power that appeared to be the merger of the two.
Luo XiaoLou was dumbfounded. Then he remembered that at the moment of crisis, his Source of Consciousness hadn’t been enough, and he also had to mobilize his Spiritual Power to suppress the terrifying energy. It seemed that it was then that his Source of Consciousness and Spiritual Power merged into one.
Luo XiaoLou used his mind. The new power immediately emerged from his body, circled around him, and obediently retracted. The new power was actually more comfortable than his Source of Consciousness or Spiritual Power. As if there was no longer any barrier between him and the power.
Luo XiaoLou was both happy and worried. He didn’t know whether this was a good or bad situation.
125 who was examining the blood, giggled and said, “Your genetic level has changed.”
Under Luo XiaoLou and Yuan Xi’s unusually worried gazes, 125 carefully took a step back before he said, in a surprised tone, “It’s good. It’s become S-rank.”
In fact, after Luo XiaoLou’s genes were unlocked, the exotic beast gene had reached its peak, while the human gene did not show as obviously, but 125 didn’t dare to say too much in front of Yuan Xi.
Luo XiaoLou’s heart surged with ecstasy. “Meaning, I can drive a normal mecha now?” This was too much happiness. If he could drive a mecha at will, it would be very helpful to his mecha manufacturing.
Yuan Xi, on the other hand, said thoughtfully, “Maybe, we should think about babies.”
Before he could recover from his delight, Luo XiaoLou was taken aback by Yuan Xi’s words and stuttered, “What? I, I didn’t plan to have a baby this early!”
Yuan Xi looked even more troubled than he did. “I don’t want any right now! I hate everything that takes up our time. If my father wasn’t always hinting at me through the housekeeper…Wait! How dare you not want my child!”
Luo XiaoLou choked and coughed. Something was definitely wrong with this conversation! This was not at all like a conversation between two men!
“I didn’t mean it like that! I just…just…Who’s going to carry the baby?” Luo XiaoLou held back a mouthful of blood, and calmly transitioned the conversation right to bringing up the baby. He didn’t want to know how the baby came out!
“…I think it’s a good idea to let you carry it.” Yuan Xi considered half a day and endured the pain.
Luo XiaoLou, “…”
As he watched Yuan Xi get up and put on his clothes, Luo XiaoLou hesitated for a while, still torn, and asked, “So when do you plan to have children?”
Yuan Xi looked at Luo XiaoLou in surprise. “We’ll leave the genes for the palace to preserve before I go to war. As for the birth of my son, probably in a decade or so.”
In the heart of the comparison, that should be an acceptable time. Luo XiaoLou was relieved. One master was enough for him to serve. Another one…that day he simply couldn’t imagine.
Yuan Xi put on his clothes and dragged Luo XiaoLou, whose feet were weak, outside. “Let’s go and have dinner. They are all worried about you.”
As a result, the news came from the military department while Yuan Nuo was hinting to Luo XiaoLou to make him a mecha. Yuan Lie and Feng JiaLing’s faces changed, and they left the palace at once.
Not long after, the adjutants of Yuan Che and Yuan Xi also hurried over. The matter was urgent. The two of them put on their uniforms and also had to leave. Before Yuan Xi left, he looked at Luo XiaoLou and Yuan Nuo. “You two should come as well.”
A group of people then rushed to the military headquarters. The atmosphere inside was tense and serious. Many people were hurrying and running around.
They were taken to a conference room where Five-Star Admiral Qi Sen was reporting the situation to Yuan Lie and Feng JiaLing with a stern face, while several senior generals of the military department were remotely commanding the deployment in front of a screen.
Yuan Xi looked at it and took Luo XiaoLou to a large screen. What appeared on it was the planet Moss, on the southeastern edge. Yuan Lie had evacuated the entire population a few months ago, and only left the military stationed there.
And now, there was already a war going on there. The unusually arrogant octopus people had finally started the Fifth World War. To make matters worse, the Empire’s army was being pinned down by dark green mecha, as they sent out counterattacks with little effect.
Now, they could barely hold the base, and the situation was very bleak. At this rate, it was only a matter of time before the octopus people broke through.
Luo XiaoLou looked at two more screens nearby. The residents on that planet hadn’t even had time to evacuate. Under a diffuse particle cannon, countless spaceships and civil mecha were in a hurry to escape, as well as hovercars that had landed on the ground while driving.
“This is…” Yuan Nuo said in surprise.
“Mn, it’s the Federation’s planet. They have two star fields that are under attack.” Yuan Xi said with an expressionless face as he swept everything with his gaze.
“Back when they were busy with independence, they probably didn’t expect this to happen anytime soon.” Yuan Nuo said and bristled. In the past, the Federation sought asylum with the Empire because of the war with the exotic beasts. Then, when they felt that they didn’t need the Empire, they hadn’t hesitated to throw that initial promise aside.
As several people watched, someone else came over to report. “Your Majesty. Five planets, including planet F20 and planet Via, which are close to planet Moss, have applied for evacuation.”
Qi Sen and the others all looked at Yuan Lie, who said with an unchanged face, “Arrange it immediately. Admiral Hephais, you arrange for someone to go over and take care of the evacuation and escort.”
An officer in an admiral’s uniform immediately gave a military salute, and quickly left.
Several generals looked at each other, and wanted to say something. The evacuation of an entire planet’s inhabitants. The labor and expense. Moreover, there weren’t many spare planets available for habitation. But if they didn’t evacuate, the inhabitants would undoubtedly be in more danger.
Yuan Lie continued, “But full evacuation is not the solution. The most important thing now is to figure out the octopus people’s advantages, find a way to bring the situation under control, and then counterattack. Also, starting tomorrow, an empire-wide draft.”
After he said that, Yuan Lie suddenly asked, “Where is Lieutenant General Hatton?”
Immediately, someone reported, “Your Majesty. Lieutenant General Hatton is still studying the octopus man mecha that His Highness Yuan Xi brought back. He said he will give you a detailed report as soon as possible.”
At the same time, Yuan Xi’s communication device rang. He looked at the contact and picked up, “…him? How long? Right. He just didn’t feel well. The time can’t be too long. I’ll send him over later.”
Yuan Xi closed the communication device and looked at Luo XiaoLou. “Lieutenant General Hatton wants to ask you to come over, and help analyze the enemy mecha. Your master and several other masters will also join in, but most of them won’t arrive until tomorrow morning.”
Luo XiaoLou hesitated, but he was already being pushed outside by Yuan Xi. “One hour, I’ll pick you up later.”
He finally remembered that his Source of Consciousness and Spiritual Power had merged without consulting him at all. So what would he use to study the mecha? If he used his new power, would anyone notice his exotic beast identity?