Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
When Duke Moga asked about Luo XiaoLou, Yue Shang’s eyes went a bit cold, as if he was considering how to answer.
Su Lan looked at her cousin and answered, “He’s just a commoner who shamelessly clings to the powerful. Like his mother, he likes to seduce others–“
“Su Lan!” Yue Shang glared at Su Lan with an ugly face. Even if the Duke was acting friendly right now, and also ready to help them, there were still some things that shouldn’t be said.
Su Lan shrank back. She remembered her cousin’s nature, and dared not say anything further.
Duke Moga’s mouth curved into a smile. He looked at Yue Shang twice and said, “So he’s just a civilian, ah. The first thing you need to do is to get blood from the test subject, and remember to send it to me. Also, you don’t have Telles’ currency right now, so if you want to buy anything, just talk to Suel.”
Yue Shang smiled. His eyes were bright and shining. “Thank you, Duke Moga. I will convert it into our goods and send it to you.”
Duke Moga shook the cup in his hand and was silent for a moment. The air pressure in the small salon suddenly lowered. As Su Lan started to get uneasy, Duke Moga said slowly, “You don’t need to be polite with me. I am at least friends with your elders.”
Yue Shang frowned and didn’t say anything else, just nodded.
After that, Yue Shang and Su Lan said their goodbyes and went to the outside room. There the bidding had already started, and Yu Pu was staring at the big screen to order what he wanted.
125 turned his head to Yuan Xi, who pointed to the inside room and said, “Go on.”
125 brought up the video again. Duke Moga still maintained a comfortable posture as he leaned on the sofa. The two clean-cut guards behind him stood straight and silent.
After a few minutes, a small inconspicuous door suddenly opened.
The moment the door opened, the computer screen connected to 125 suddenly flickered and all images disappeared.
Yuan Xi and Xia Zuo looked at 125. His eyes flashed blue and he said, “Unable to image. There is strong interference. Freeze–“
125 stopped Yuan Xi from closing the computer just in time, as a voice came out from the computer.
“Long time no see.” It was Duke Moga’s voice with a smile.
It turned out that although the image had received interference, the audio could still be heard.
“It’s only been ten years.” A strange voice replied. “However, congratulations Your Grace, it seems your wish is about to be granted.”
“To each other.” Duke Moga gave a soft laugh.
After a while, the voice of Duke Moga sounded again. “Apart from the one on my side, do you have other human test subjects?”
The voice paused for a while before it said, “What does the Duke mean?”
“You don’t think I can see it, right? That Prince Consort, he gives me a very strange feeling…”
Xia Zuo immediately looked up at Yuan Xi. Sure enough, Yuan Xi’s face became unusually grave, even that odd, green, fat creature stiffened its tail.
That strange voice laughed. “Why is Your Grace doing inquiring about him? It’s just a little thing. But first, a warning. I still have use for that man. Your Grace cannot hurt him.”
Duke Moga asked in surprise, “Is he one of yours, that Prince Consort?”
The voice was somber. “Yes, not as obedient as when he was trained, but still under control. It’s just that he’s with the prince of the Empire, which is a bit of a problem. On the other hand, it is much easier to get information about them.”
Yuan Xi and 125 were both stunned. While Xia Zuo still kept his iceberg face, he glanced at Yuan Xi from time to time.
“Mn, I’m only interested in his bloodline, but since he’s one of yours, forget it. I have test subjects on my side anyway. As for other things, you take some time to come to my place in the evening and we will discuss it then. We have at least three days left.”
“No. I heard from the people around me that Yuan Xi has decided to go back as soon as possible, and everyone down there should be ready at any time. So, I don’t have much time.”
“And you are not afraid of him. Since you can control that Prince Consort, let him have a serious illness. Then that prince will be willing to stay for a few more days.” Duke Moga said indifferently.
“You need not concern yourself with my affairs. I will come to you in the evening.” After the dull and odd voice finished, not much time elapsed before they heard the door open and close.
Immediately afterwards, the image reappeared on the computer in front of Yuan Xi.
Yuan Xi’s hand slammed hard on the table and a slight crack appeared in the metal desktop. The heavy killing intent in his eyes made the others breathless, and his dark eyes even took on a faint red light.
“Your Highness, please calm down. If you finish off that Duke now, we definitely won’t be able to leave here.” Xia Zuo knew that Yuan Xi wanted to get up and leave, and immediately stepped in front of him. “Besides, we should first find out what is going on with His Highness the Prince Consort being controlled by someone.”
With Xia Zuo’s words, Yuan Xi finally seemed to find his reason despite his extreme anger. The red in his eyes slowly receded, and he turned his head to look at 125.
125 trembled and immediately said, “I can guarantee that this has definitely not happened since I got activated. If Luo XiaoLou was really controlled by someone, it happened before he was eighteen years old. In addition, when I examined his body, I didn’t find any abnormalities. However, because he is a…hybrid, my data may not always be correct.”
Yuan Xi said coldly, “Don’t tell him about this matter.”
Xia Zuo took a step back. Even just to stand in front of Yuan Xi, the pressure was too much. He secretly sighed with relief and said calmly, “Of course. Since that person can control His Highness the Prince Consort, if that person discovers that we already know about his existence, His Highness will be in more danger. According to what that person just said, his time here is related to the time you will return, and he knows the orders given to our people. So, most likely, this person is mixed in among us.”
Yuan Xi’s hand moved again. 125 cautiously jumped back a little, and didn’t forget a sympathetic glance at the table in front of Yuan Xi. But the hand that looked perfect from any angle, just put the computer away. Yuan Xi turned his head and said coldly to Xia Zuo, “Let’s postpone going back for two days, and you will personally check who went out tonight.”
Xia Zuo agreed, and immediately headed out. Yuan Xi turned his head to look at 125. 125 shrank back and instinctively tried to look for Luo XiaoLou. After he remembered that Luo XiaoLou wasn’t there at all, he jumped to the ground himself, and didn’t forget to add. “I’ve managed to erase the video of this lounge. No one knows that you were here.”
Yuan Xi’s face was still iron blue when he went back. What he loathed most was people threatening him, especially with Luo XiaoLou.
Luo XiaoLou was staring intently at the big screen when Yuan Xi arrived. He had realized that he wanted too much! But Luo XiaoLou knew that even if all six energy boxes were auctioned off at the highest price, after buying the Super Quenching Gold Liquid, the amount of money left over would not be enough for him to squander it as he pleased.
Luo XiaoLou was heartbroken while he picked out what to take back. When Yuan Xi came in, he divided his attention to Yuan Xi and let him sit next to him.
The Ley family guard wanted to speak to His Royal Highness, but he soon realized that although Yuan Xi was sitting there expressionlessly, no one wanted to be within ten steps of him except the excited Prince Consort. Even he felt a chill all over his body.
After ten seconds or so, Luo XiaoLou noticed that something wasn’t quite right with Yuan Xi. He then touched his chest, and was surprised to find that his necklace was missing.
Luo XiaoLou was stunned, and then screamed, “Honey, my necklace–“
Yuan Xi gave Luo XiaoLou a look, put his arms around him, and said succinctly, “Look again. You must have forgotten where you put it.”
“That’s impossible. I clearly put it on this morning.”
At this time, Luo XiaoLou felt his pocket move, and then 125 appeared on the sofa next to him. “Honey, I’ve been here. No one can separate us…” 125, who had been hijacked once already, stole a glance at Yuan Xi, who was looking at him coldly, and swallowed back the more meaty words that followed.
Luo XiaoLou felt his pocket, puzzled. He didn’t really understand so he just mentally asked 125, [You say that, but Yuan Xi is like this, so what happened? Obviously just now it was fine.]
[He’s probably crazy with anger. Oh. No, I mean, he’s always had a bad temper, and a serious macho mindset, so he’s probably not used to the kind of treatment that he got in the VIP room by relying on you.] 125 added fuel to Yuan Xi’s spleen while he hid the truth.
Luo XiaoLou deeply agreed with 125’s words, then spent ten seconds reflecting on whether he was too ungenerous to even think that way. In fact, he had no aversion at all to staying under Yuan Xi’s wing and letting Yuan Xi take care of him. He was his mecha maker and companion anyway. It would be perfect, if only Yuan Xi was willing to do the housework.
Soon, Luo XiaoLou’s attention was diverted by something being auctioned off on the screen, the super energy boxes he had made. Luo XiaoLou got excited. His eyes glowed as he stared at the big screen.
Yuan Xi observed Luo XiaoLou without expression. He was as usual; warm, well-behaved and soft. No one could compare with him. Yuan Xi watched for a while, then wrapped his arms around Luo XiaoLou even harder.
Luo XiaoLou wasn’t surprised that people were extremely keen on this essential combat consumable. The price was soon bidding higher and higher, and was now reaching as high as nine million Telles coins. Among the previous auction items, there were hardly any that exceeded one million.
After someone bid nine million, most people gave up competing. Although the Super Energy Box was rare, the price was already beyond their budget.
Just as the auctioneer was about to bring down the hammer, another offer appeared on the big screen. “Ten million Telles coins.”
After a thirty-second-long silence, the auctioneer shouted excitedly, “Friends. This set of Super Energy Boxes has now officially reached a sky-high price! So, is there anyone else raising the price?”
Finally, the hammer came down and the energy boxes were bought for a total of 60 million Telles coins.
Luo XiaoLou’s heart settled down, and he began to pay more careful attention to the later auction items. On the other hand, with Yuan Xi’s hint, 125 started to check Luo XiaoLou’s body and his movements. As he climbed up and down, he annoyed Luo XiaoLou to no end.
Also, because the Super Quenching Gold Liquid hadn’t appeared, even if Luo XiaoLou spotted something, he didn’t dare to bid on it.
After another twenty minutes, a silver box was sent up, and the host said in a loud voice, “Next, there is another strange item that our Triumph has prepared for you. I believe that none of the makers are familiar with it, and that is…Super Quenching Gold Liquid! Its characteristics are that the success rate of manufacturing mecha can increase by fifty percent–“
The host hadn’t even finished speaking, and the screen was already flashing with bids.
Luo XiaoLou didn’t rush to make an offer. He just looked at the increasing price, and took a deep breath. He hoped that God would bless him, and let him take away two bottles of Super Quenching Gold Liquid.
In the end, the price of the Super Quenching Gold Liquid also hit a record high. Eleven million a bottle.
Luo XiaoLou watched the hammer fall. His heart was incomparably frustrated. He could fully afford to buy two bottles of Super Quenching Gold Liquid, but tragically, Luo XiaoLou realized that the Super Quenching Gold Liquid was also sold together in a box which contained ten bottles.
“Let’s go somewhere else tomorrow,” Yuan Xi said. He seemed eager to leave now.
“Well, since we’re here, I’ll look at something else. We have to wait until the end to get the money anyway.” Luo XiaoLou replied glumly.
Next, what appeared on the big screen was a set of diagrams, more than thirty of them. Luo XiaoLou was speculating about them, when the host smiled and said, “Now it’s time for Triumph’s characteristic bidding. These thirty places are Triumph acquired development zones. As of now, they have not been mined. All of you can find your own fancy place to bid. It comes with three times mining rights. That means each place can be entered three times, and each time, for the maximum time allowed in a day.”
Luo XiaoLou was stunned. This was the first time he had ever bid on something like this. 125 was staring at the screen, and within ten seconds, he called out to Luo XiaoLou in his mind, [Honey! No matter what, even if we spend the whole $60 million, we have to get the tenth picture and the twenty-eighth picture!]
Before Luo XiaoLou could see clearly what was in the pictures, he found that everyone had already started bidding. When he reached thirty-five million, the tenth picture was finally marked with his code name LY. Originally he had filled in L, but Yuan Xi insisted on adding a Y at the end.
Luo XiaoLou didn’t have time to feel bad about the money, as he continued to join the competition for the twenty-eighth picture, but this time he failed. Luo XiaoLou ran out of money, and the twenty-eighth picture was auctioned off for thirty-three million.
Luo XiaoLou didn’t pay attention to the angry expressions of 125 next to him, just pulled up the picture he had bought at an exorbitant price. Then sucked in his breath. For God’s sake! This bare place was worth 35 million?
There was scarce green vegetation in that picture, let alone any materials, and the ground was like the Gobi Desert, all desert full of large and small stones.
[I think you should probably explain this to me.] Luo XiaoLou said and looked at 125.
[Honey, believe me, there will be surprises here. You’ll love it.] 125 said hurriedly. He paused, then added, [I just found out the room number of the person who bought the twenty-eighth picture, so if you don’t mind, we can–]
[I don’t want to rob. As a law-abiding citizen, I haven’t done such a thing, and I don’t intend to.] Luo XiaoLou directly interrupted 125 who was obviously full of bad ideas.
After the auction, Luo XiaoLou and Yuan Xi took the others and went to collect the mining passes while they discussed what he could use the rest of his money for.
The middle-aged man appeared in front of them again. He handed a crystal card to Luo XiaoLou and said with a smile, “Hello again. This is the mining pass for the H3 region. If you want to mine, you can contact me at any time, and I will send someone to bring you there. So, your remaining twenty-five million…”
Luo XiaoLou thought about it and said, “I’m not going to hide it from you. I’m here for the Super Quenching Gold Liquid. Since I didn’t buy it, I’ll leave the money with you for now, and if the Super Quenching Gold Liquid is available, you can contact me.”
The middle-aged man’s eyes flashed and he suddenly said, “This. Mr. Luo, it’s like this. Although we shouldn’t talk about it, I can reveal to you a little bit of information. The person who bought your Super Energy Boxes, and the person who bought the Super Quenching Gold Liquid are the same person.”
Luo XiaoLou blinked. What did this mean? Was the host also encouraging him to rob?
The middle-aged man coughed, “And that Lord, it so happens that he is interested in meeting the person who made the Super Energy Boxes.”
Luo XiaoLou instantly understood why he purposely revealed this information to him. It was clearly an introduction for another person.
Luo XiaoLou and Yuan Xi looked at each other. He was determined to get the Super Quenching Gold Liquid, so he didn’t think long before he said, “Good. Then please ask the supervisor to arrange a meeting for us.”
Luo XiaoLou quickly met the honored guest. Although he didn’t know the identity of that person, when he saw the middle-aged supervisor, and several other people who were obviously of even higher positions than the middle-aged supervisor, greet that person with extreme caution, Luo XiaoLou knew that this person must be a big deal.
The indifferent young man first placed his eyes on Yuan Xi, and looked at him for two seconds. Then he turned to Luo XiaoLou. “Are you the person who made the Super Energy Boxes?”
“Yes.” Luo XiaoLou replied.
“I would like five more.” Thies person was even more direct than Luo XiaoLou, as he revealed his purpose.
“…I want Super Quenching Gold Liquid.” Luo XiaoLou replied.
The man was stunned and raised his eyebrows. After all, there were very few people who dared to make conditions to his face. The Triumph executives’ foreheads started to sweat. You…at least be polite…
After a while, that person slowly spoke, “All right. You make me five super energy boxes, and I will give you five bottles.”
Luo XiaoLou didn’t even hesitate to agree. Three days was too short, and he needed to have the Super Quenching Gold Liquid. This was undoubtedly a wonderful opportunity. Luo XiaoLou immediately borrowed Triumph’s workroom and took another piece of black chert from 125.
There wasn’t much black chert, and now a little bit less. If it wasn’t about the Tier 10 mecha, he really wouldn’t use so much.
Half an hour later, Luo XiaoLou opened the door to the workroom. Outside, Yuan Xi and the man were talking face to face.
When they heard the door open, both of them looked his way.
Luo XiaoLou put the energy boxes on the table next to the man, and immediately a guard came over to measure the data and carefully put the boxes away.
The man raised his hand. Another guard came over to place a box in front of Luo XiaoLou. Luo XiaoLou opened the box, and saw there were five transparent bottles. Inside each was a semi- transparent gold liquid.
“It’s Super Quenching Gold Liquid,” 125 said with certainty.
Luo XiaoLou smiled. He closed the lid and said to the man, “Many thanks.”
The man looked at Luo XiaoLou twice and said softly, “You’re welcome.” The man apparently didn’t like to talk much. He took the energy boxes, got up and left, while the supervisors of Triumph were sent out.
Yuan Xi put his arm around Luo XiaoLou and went outside. Luo XiaoLou gave the Super Quenching Gold Liquid to 125 and said contentedly, “My purpose has finally been achieved, and this wasn’t a trip in vain. That person, whatever his identity, is such a big party.”
Yuan Xi glanced faintly ahead. “His guards are green belts. They should be from the royal family.”
The guard from the Ley family who was following them laughed. “That’s His Majesty, the Green King. Besides His Majesty, Attis, he’s the most powerful person in Telles. His Majesty is a spiritual warrior, and that Highness is the most powerful mecha warrior in our empire.”
The most powerful? The corners of Luo XiaoLou’s mouth pursed, in his heart, the most powerful mecha warrior had already been assumed by someone.
Next, Yuan Xi insisted on taking Luo XiaoLou back to their rooms.
Once in the room, Yuan Xi threw Luo XiaoLou toward the bed and said, “Turn into a rabbit and show me.”
Luo XiaoLou was dumbfounded. “What rabbit?”
Yuan Xi frowned. “Fox, or cat, or dog. Otherwise, what kind of animal do you call that look?”