Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
125 laughed in triumph and made a victory gesture with his short, fat fingers, “That’s black chert, honey! We’ve made a fortune this time. Oh, oh, oh! I’m so excited! Let me do the math. So much black chert, you can make at least ten million energy boxes, enough to last me a long time. But it’s also very useful for other things, so what’s the best thing to do?”
Luo XiaoLou recovered from the shock, then took a deep breath and tapped his finger on 125’s big head, to try and calm him down. “If I remember correctly, the mining rights of this piece of land was bought by me. That is to say, the ownership and use of the black chert is decided by me. “
125 had the difficult choice to wake up. He opened his mouth wide and looked at Luo XiaoLou for a moment, then clasped his hands to his body, and wriggled, “Dear, you are my foster, ah. Our things are divided equally, what’s yours is mine. Moreover, I can mine all the black chert for you and keep it properly and safely.”
Luo XiaoLou took the stone in his hand and observed it. He was imagining the mesmerizing black stone after processing, while his mouth said, “Thanks. But, as I recall, a long time ago you told me that your little warehouse was almost full and couldn’t hold anything more.”
“Huh, did I say that? Ahem. Of course, even if my little warehouse is full, I’m still willing to offer my services to you. Even if I have to give up a part of my collection!” 125 faithfully confessed to Luo XiaoLou.
“Your spoon, fork and underwear?” Luo XiaoLou wiped the stone in his hand and put it back into the storage box with unusual care, then turned his head to look at the attentive 125.
125 froze, his tail twitched behind him, then he pretended to be busy and changed the subject. “The collection depth has increased. I have to concentrate on mining, dear. Don’t worry, I won’t leave a single piece of black chert behind!”
Luo XiaoLou raised his eyebrows. He was very relieved. After he observed for a few minutes, he changed to silent mode. Master Yan had given him the Tier 10 mecha design drawings, so he took them out. Now that he had the Super Quenching Gold Liquid, he had to go back to the manufacturing problem.
One of the mecha would be used in exchange for Louis Castle, then he had been thinking of making one for Yuan Xi. It was just not certain that it would work. So in order not to waste such expensive materials and the Super Quenching Gold Liquid, Luo XiaoLou decided to study the design first.
It was only when 125 reminded him that all the collecting was successful, that Luo XiaoLou came back to his senses and was surprised to find that it was already evening.
125 was standing next to the three hills. Luo XiaoLou got busy checking his communication device, and found, indeed, that Yuan Xi had sent a message to say that he wouldn’t be back for lunch at noon, and wouldn’t be returning until evening.
“That kid back there also called you once. I said you were busy.” 125 said while he counted his harvest with joy.
Luo XiaoLou lifted the silent mode and contacted Xia Zuo behind him.
Xia Zuo had been muttering behind him all day. Driving the mecha all over the ground? Geez, the Prince Consort was actually plowing the ground here, right…
“Would you like to rest for a while? If you’re not in a hurry, I suggest you examine those hills tomorrow.” Xia Zuo politely tried to persuade. According to Luo XiaoLou’s speed and meticulous steps, he was afraid it would take until night to examine, and he had already received the news that His Highness the Prince was heading back.
“Mn, wait for me to see.” Luo XiaoLou turned his head to communicate with 125. “You mean all the black chert has been mined?”
125 took time out of his busy schedule to answer him. “Of course. Otherwise why would I have stopped?”
“Then this hill is done for today.”
125 hesitated for a moment and said, “Well, although there is nothing as good as black chert in the hills, there are two kinds of veins that are still good, and below the ground there is a jade vein. Well, let’s talk about it later. ”
Luo XiaoLou nodded, opened the mecha cockpit and tumbled out of it. He picked up two stones from the ground, and when he turned around, Xia Zuo, who was wearing a black uniform, was already standing behind him.
Luo XiaoLou nodded at Xia Zuo, then started collecting stones in various different places. He probably selected dozens of different spots, then also went to the hills specifically to pick up material. Then he turned to Xia Zuo, who was also walking, and said, “We’re going back.”
This last step was used for show, since 125 said the collection of the black chert was finished. Luo XiaoLou began to observe the surroundings. While it was necessary to do the surface work, Luo XiaoLou didn’t believe that he couldn’t find what he needed in Triumph.
When he returned, the people of Triumph who received him outside were really smiling, and they were probably laughing in their hearts at the progress of his day’s work. Luo XiaoLou was not one of their people, and the most detailed investigation could not be wrong.
After they arrived at Triumph, Luo XiaoLou found the middle-aged supervisor and said he wanted to use all of the remaining twenty-five million for Grade 10 materials.
That supervisor nodded in understanding. In first level civilizations, Grade 10 materials were difficult to find. As long as Luo XiaoLou didn’t want any high-tech products, he could still make his own decision to sell him those materials.
The list was left behind. After they agreed on the time and place of delivery, Luo XiaoLou went back to his temporary residence.
Yuan Xi had indeed arrived, and was explaining things to a few people in charge who had followed him in the living room. When he saw Luo XiaoLou, who returned later than he did, he wanted to both hug and make out with Luo XiaoLou, and also express his dissatisfaction with him. He had refused the feast and beauty of the Ley family, and hurried back like a good family man, but his other half obviously didn’t appreciate his intentions.
Luo XiaoLou was now in a very good mood, and he just wanted to share his joy with Yuan Xi. But when he saw how Yuan Xi was staring at him, Luo XiaoLou began to hesitate and thought that now might not be a good time.
“You guys look busy, I’ll go organize my stuff first–” Luo XiaoLou said immediately and sensibly.
“No need. Go have dinner.” Yuan Xi got up and waved at the several people around him, who left much more quickly than Luo XiaoLou.
During dinner time, Luo XiaoLou couldn’t help but share his huge harvest with Yuan Xi, who was the only other person who knew about the existence of black chert. Also, according to his observations, this secondary civilization seemed to be unaware of the existence of black chert. Otherwise, that place wouldn’t be put up in the mining rights auction.
“Black chert? That mysterious stone? Give me half.” Yuan Xi thought about it, and spoke.
“Of course, dear. When we go back, I’ll have 125 count it out.” Luo XiaoLou responded without any hesitation amidst 125’s miserable screams. 125 was depressed to find that as long as Yuan Xi asked, even if Yuan Xi wanted all of his stuff, Luo XiaoLou would still agree to it.
“Jesus! That’s black chert! Half of the black chert! You…faint king! You can’t drool over that face of his every day…Oh, the future of the exotic beast family. I’m sorry for entrusting you to my master!” 125 was still crying hysterically, for their own small treasury, to have less than half of the treasures gave him a heartache.
Yuan Xi looked at Luo XiaoLou who was unconsciously staring at him, and smiled slightly. He liked the way his little slave was fascinated by him. He didn’t understand why. When others did that, it was so disgusting, but when Luo XiaoLou did it, it was so cute. So, he didn’t mind at all that Luo XiaoLou was salivating over him.
Yuan Xi took out a beautifully crafted box from his clothes and handed it to Luo XiaoLou.
Luo XiaoLou took it cautiously, touched it with his hand, and was surprised to find that it was actually a subspace.
“This was given to me by my mother when I was a child. It contains all my personal things, but now it seems that you may need it more. You can collect things and such. It’s much better than that unreliable household robot of yours. At least it won’t die.”
The ‘household robot’ 125 first froze, then blew up. He felt his position was threatened. Luo XiaoLou would like the new thing and abandon him, especially since it was a gift from Yuan Xi!
“You…you’re, you’re a mess! How can you do this to me? I followed you for so many years, from childhood! I am easy…” 125 cried sadly as he stared unblinkingly at Luo XiaoLou. He knew he was soft-hearted.
Luo XiaoLou’s mouth twitched, and comforted him. “Honey, wait. You’re mistaken. I didn’t say I was abandoning you. This is just a warehouse. How can it compare to you? I actually think having you is enough.” This was the reason why Luo XiaoLou had never gotten one of those expensive, custom-made, space storage, tool boxes. Although 125 said every time that he wouldn’t give something to him to use, he never refused when he really needed help.
“But this thing is Yuan Xi’s. Don’t you want to see his private collection? Well, this warehouse you also have the right to enter–“
Luo XiaoLou didn’t have a chance to finish. 125’s surprised voice sounded, “Really?!”
“It’s true, but you can only move my things. Yuan Xi’s, you can’t. You know the consequences.” Luo XiaoLou had to admonish.
“Know, know, honey,” 125 called out, already impatient to get into the subspace.
“Oh. Bank cards, cash, mecha parts, energy boxes, training instruments…one hundred and eight positions, one hundred ways to make the most delicious cake…” 125 stood dumbfounded inside a pile of dining books. This was Yuan Xi’s collection?
Yuan Xi, however, didn’t care about 125’s feelings. He just put the box in 125’s room, and embraced Luo XiaoLou back to the bedroom.
On the third day, Luo XiaoLou didn’t go out. He began to work on processing the materials. In the morning, Triumph had sent him the Grade 10 materias he wanted. With them, Luo XiaoLou estimated that at least two mecha could be made.
In the afternoon, Yuan Xi entered Luo XiaoLou’s workroom and watched him work from the sofa nearby. When the material was finished, Luo XiaoLou stopped his hand. He looked at Yuan Xi who was sitting with his eyes closed and a surprised expression, and walked over to him.
Luo XiaoLou sat down next to Yuan Xi and asked, “Something wrong?”
Yuan Xi’s hair was hanging down, covering a bit of his eyebrows. It was the hairstyle Luo XiaoLou had tossed for him, afraid that Yuan Xi would attract someone. When his eyes were closed, his long eyelashes were thick and dense. Luo XiaoLou looked at them and moved over.
When he got close to his face, he realized that the corner of Yuan Xi’s mouth was curved, but it was too late to go back. Yuan Xi put his arm around him, brought the two of them close together, and then kissed. Only when Luo XiaoLou’s hands and feet started to get soft did he let go of him.
“Tomorrow is the gathering of all levels of civilizations. I think Telles will also raise the conditions tomorrow. I will have Xia Zuo follow you. If there is a situation, look for me first.” Yuan Xi touched Luo XiaoLou, and said softly.
Luo XiaoLou leaned into Yuan Xi’s arms, and after he took a few seconds to catch his breath, said, “Don’t worry. You know I don’t cause trouble. When you come back after the talk, we can go home. I know you are anxious. Unfortunately, I still haven’t used two of those three mining rights.”
Yuan Xi’s hand that was hugging him, suddenly tightened. Even his body was a little stiff. But before Luo XiaoLou could look up, Yuan Xi said, “We’ll go back in two days.”
Luo XiaoLou didn’t think too much more about it. He just contemplated how he could go to that place to mine again, and couldn’t help but be happy.
The next day, early in the morning, Luo XiaoLou helped Yuan Xi button up his golden buttons, and then looked at him. Yuan Xi’s dark blue uniform wasn’t bright, but even with his careless movements, it carried a unique elegance and nobility, and when he wasn’t smiling, the arrogance and dominance of his bones were displayed at the corners of his mouth and eyebrows.
Yuan Xi pulled Luo XiaoLou’s hand. “All right.” He frowned and looked at the garment that Luo XiaoLou wore with dissatisfaction. What was the waist so thin for? It was enough to attract people.
However, it was obviously too late to change now. Yuan Xi decided they would go back early, to keep Luo XiaoLou from wearing this outfit to hook up with people everywhere.
Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou arrived at the huge royal palace once again. Unlike last time, now there were already many well-dressed figures inside. Privileged figures from different civilizations were exchanging pleasantries as they tried to sound each other out. Even many noble women and celebrities could be seen, while palace attendants circulated among them with trays of wine.
The guests obviously attached great importance to this grand gathering. After all, they were carefully observing possible allies or rivals.
Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou hadn’t been there long, before Yuan Xi was taken away by Duke Graeme of the Ley family. Luo XiaoLou was going to follow them, but another young man tripped him up. By the time the young man was pulled away by a noble lady, Yuan Xi had already disappeared.
Luo XiaoLou sighed and looked at Xia Zuo, who was following closely behind him. For other civilizations, there might be a lot of opportunities here, but for a newly discovered first level civilization, being targeted by Telles really wasn’t a good thing.
If they were truly an exotic beast, according to their temper, they would probably not compromise…
As Luo XiaoLou thought of this, a handsome middle-aged man came over. “You are the Prince Consort of the An Empire? Hello, I am Count Los of Telles. There is a gathering of civilizations over there, and everyone would like to invite you for a get-together.”
Luo XiaoLou looked at him, ignored the hand he held out to him, and said with a smile as he walked forward, “With pleasure.”
In the information Xia Zuo had given him, Count Los was the admirer of Miss Yafir of the Rhys family. That lady had an eye on Yuan Xi, and had a close relationship with Yue Shang, Su Lan and others. He hadn’t any good impression of this Count already.
Count Los froze, then smiled and led the way. The two arrived at a side hall. Inside, a lot of people were already seated. If someone gauged the surroundings by their identity, then the people outside the hall were quite noble. Then, as soon as Luo XiaoLou looked up, he saw the Green King sitting in the place of honor.
After he brought them in, Count Los introduced everyone to Luo XiaoLou and let him arrange a seat near the back. Then, with a smile on his face, he walked towards the most lively place in the hall, which was exactly where the people of the Rhys family, one of the two major powers of Telles, were gathered.
Luo XiaoLou sat down in his chair. Xia Zuo sat next to him. They almost counted as the last position in the room. Luo XiaoLou soon found that the people seemed to be arranged according to the power of each civilization. The second level civilizations were at the front, followed by the first level civilizations. The people of each civilization were each still a little different, so it wasn’t difficult to distinguish them.
Luo XiaoLou looked across to the Rhys family, who should be near the location of another second level civilization. Since he was so far away, he couldn’t see too clearly, but Luo XiaoLou did spy two people with dazzling red hair.
Many first level civilizations were showing goodwill to these two second level civilizations, as they hoped to get more benefits. It would be best if they could make their civilizations develop rapidly and could narrow the gap with the second level civilizations.
After he retracted his gaze, Luo XiaoLou’s hand reached for the red wine on the table, but it was held down by the person next to him. Xia Zuo’s voice, which didn’t have a hint of fluctuation, said in his ear, “Your Highness, His Royal Highness said for you to drink less.”
Luo XiaoLou was depressed and withdrew his hand. Yuan Xi’s concern was correct. This wasn’t a place where he could get drunk, but still, his alcohol capacity was not that bad, he thought. So, Luo XiaoLou continued to survey the people in the room. Soon, the door opened and another person came in.
Luo XiaoLou looked over at Su Lan, who was all dressed up, and blinked.
Originally, not many people noticed Su Lan, but then Miss Yafir of the Rhys family, where the most attention was being paid, suddenly stood up. In a flutter of plain white clothes, Yafir had walked to the door to personally come to greet Su Lan.
This treatment was naturally different from Luo XiaoLou, so many nobles of first class civilizations came to greet Su Lan with smiles on their faces.
Although Xia Zuo wouldn’t let Luo XiaoLou drink, he himself drank vigorously. When he saw the Federation was so grandly welcomed, he couldn’t help but turn his head to Luo XiaoLou. He was about to speak, but he abruptly noticed something wrong with Luo XiaoLou.
Luo XiaoLou was staring angrily at Yafir as she stood beside Su Lan. Together with those simple but flashy clothes, on her waist near the white sash was hanging a familiar dagger.