Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
After Luo XiaoLou found out that they would have to stay for two more days, he was excited to start working on a mining plan. In order to keep things undercover and avoid others finding out that he had already mined the black chert last time, he specifically asked the guards of Duke Graeme’s house to help him, and found two mining cars to bring.
The task of protecting Luo XiaoLou fell on Rod’s head. Yuan Xi grimaced and said he had other things to do.
Not only did he have to finalize some terms with the second level civilization, but he also had to investigate Duke Moga’s family background, and the traitor who was secretly hiding among them. He had offered to take the family robot of His Highness the Prince Consort with him, but for 125, not letting him mine the twenty-eighth picture himself was even more unacceptable than letting him die. 125 took the stance of crying all night outside Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou’s bedroom door, until finally Yuan Xi threw him into the next room, with the door locked from the outside.
Of course the lock couldn’t stop 125. If he really wanted to come out, there were at least a hundred ways, but he didn’t dare.
The next morning, Ron came to pick up Luo XiaoLou. Yuan Xi was eating breakfast. He glanced at 125, who was sneaking away from him, and ordered, “Listen. Finish the mining in one day, and come over to my side tomorrow. Maybe you can be of some use.”
125’s tail stiffened. He immediately turned around and saluted Yuan Xi, looking comically like a quail, while he humbly said, “I will!”
When he arrived at Triumph, Luo XiaoLou was welcomed by the middle-aged supervisor, who said that someone was waiting for him inside. After he entered, Luo XiaoLou was surprised to find that the person waiting inside wore a black hat that was pressed down so low that his face could barely be seen.
“Excuse me. Who are you?”
The man lifted his hat and said, with a smug smile, “I knew you would come today. I’ve been waiting for a while.” Last time, Gerald could tell from the way Luo XiaoLou collected so much lake water, that he attached great importance to materials.
Luo XiaoLou looked at the dazzling blonde hair, and asked in surprise, “Why are you here? Are you looking for me?”
“Sure. I came to see you for a date.” Gerald said lightly. He quickly came up to Luo XiaoLou and gave him a kiss on the cheek, without a care at all for Rod and the middle-aged supervisor who were petrified next to him.
“…” Luo XiaoLou glanced at Rod who kept coughing next to him, and turned his head to Gerald. “Your Highness, we are not possible. Also, this kind of behavior of yours will cause me distress.” More than distress. If Yuan Xi knew about it, it would be an absolute disaster.
[God, I envisioned countless times the bridge of a third party pursuing Yuan Xi, and then he succumbed to the greed for novelty and ruthlessly left his new wife behind, but, but, I didn’t think it would be you.] 125 exclaimed in Luo XiaoLou’s mind.
[You shut up. When did I leave Yuan Xi?] Luo XiaoLou couldn’t bear it, and interrupted 125.
[I think it’s normal. Isn’t Luo XiaoLou much better looking than Yuan Xi?] Another voice appeared in Luo XiaoLou and 125’s mental conversation.
Luo XiaoLou and 125 looked at Gerald in shock and discomfort. After two seconds, Luo XiaoLou took a deep breath and said, [I’m married, thanks. We are very close and intend to stay together forever. Nothing can separate us.] Luo XiaoLou spoke fluently and naturally, and he found that he really felt that way in his heart.
125 then peeked at the blonde youth. [I…For the first time, I’ve met someone with an aesthetic that is even weirder than mine.] Luo XiaoLou’s exotic beast image was of course perfect, but the human image, indeed, was not as good as Yuan Xi’s.
Since the three communicated mentally, in the eyes of Rod and the middle-aged supervisor, the two just were silently looking deep into each other’s eyes for a while. Rod wiped the cold sweat on his forehead, then broke the silent agreement made it seem like an outsider couldn’t intervene and said, “Your Highness, aren’t you going to mine the materials? It’s getting late. Are we ready to move?”
“Of course. We’ll leave right away,” Luo XiaoLou immediately said.
When Luo XiaoLou and Rod entered the airship, they found that Gerald had followed them. Rod glared at the blond prince. He wanted to blow the man down, but Triumph’s people weren’t saying anything, so he was in even less of a position to act.
Luo XiaoLou glanced helplessly at the blond prince, while 125 and Rod put on tight and tense expressions nearby.
After they arrived at the place, Rod found that something even more tragic could happen. Luo XiaoLou had brought the mining cars because of the limit of two people at a time, and the result was he was squeezed out by the overbearing prince!
God, His Highness Yuan Xi would kill him if he knew! Why was this happening? Why didn’t that guy meet this golden hair while protecting His Royal Highness Prince Consort?
Inside the door, Luo XiaoLou looked at Saint Gerald suspiciously. What was he trying to do by following him in?
The blond youth took two steps, then said, “Don’t mind me. You go about your business. I would guess that my guarding ability is much better than that guy outside, right?”
“That’s true, but…” Luo XiaoLou hesitated, then said nothing more, just began to set the program of the two mining vehicles.
The land that corresponded to the twenty-eighth picture was a little smaller than the tenth picture, but according to 125’s scan, there were just as many ores inside. They weren’t as valuable as the blue jade in the tenth picture, but their storage capacity was okay, and their grade wasn’t low.
The two mining carts were left to mine themselves, while Luo XiaoLou went in the mecha. This section was even more rare than the tenth picture because of the rich vegetation, which was what 125 was looking for.
Once in the mecha, Luo XiaoLou pulled up the imaging panel and gave commands to 125 to start moving.
Luo XiaoLou worked with habitual dedication, and by the time he thought about Gerald out there, it was two hours later. He looked around and found no one in sight.
He couldn’t help but ask, “Where did that guy go?”
“You mean the horned dragon? Just up ahead. To be honest, I simply don’t know why he’s following and getting in the way.” 125 complained as he busily collected things.
Luo XiaoLou looked towards the screen. In front? It wasn’t until he saw a flash of gold that his eyes widened. A huge one-horned golden dragon was walking around proudly not far from the mecha.
“What is he doing here? Do dragons need to be walked too?” Luo XiaoLou muttered.
125, “…” Although he understood, he chose to be silent. He felt that, at least for now, Yuan Xi was still the head of his family.
Outside, Gerald was really frustrated and depressed. Such a dazzling color, such a fit body, did Luo XiaoLou not find him attractive at all? How could he hold back all this time with nothing to show? Or was he shy? He’d never heard that exotic beasts were such a shy species.
“I’ve finished collecting the materials I can identify,” Luo XiaoLou said.
“Wait,” 125 said, then took over control of the mecha and started walking back and forth in the area.
Luo XiaoLou looked at the low green grass that was collected whenever it showed up on the screen, and wondered. “What is this?”
“In fact, it is the main purpose of my visit here. This is the main raw material for the Super Quenching Gold Liquid, the Golden Bi Grass,” 125 said with a heated smile.
Luo XiaoLou was astonished. “Super Quenching Gold Liquid? That kind of expensive-to-death extractant?”
“Of course. This is the most valuable thing here.”
“Wait, if this is the raw material for the Super Quenching Gold Liquid, there’s no way Triumph wouldn’t know about it, much less leave it here.” Luo XiaoLou snapped back from his ecstasy, and quickly noticed something was wrong.
“This Golden Bi Grass hasn’t fully matured yet. It still requires very harsh conditions and a tedious process to obtain a mature Golden Bi Grass. Moreover, without the recipe for the Super Gold Quenching Liquid, the success rate is even lower than terrifying if you want to make the Super Quenching Gold Liquid. Therefore, at the seedling stage of the Golden Bi Grass, it isn’t too valuable. No Tellesian would choose to collect this grass,” 125 said. “However, after we leave, it won’t be easy to buy Super Quenching Gold Liquid. If you collect it now, you can let the military department help you cultivate it to maturity, and then research the recipe yourself. If you succeed, the benefits are unimaginable.”
“Well, there’s no certainty, but let’s hope it will work.” Luo XiaoLou said with mixed feelings.
When 125 had finished collecting the last Golden Bi Grass, Luo XiaoLou jumped out of the mecha. The huge mammoth pressure of the beast in front of him brought Luo XiaoLou out of his surprise and exhaustion. He looked up at the huge golden dragon in front of him, almost unable to take a step.
The golden dragon turned its head sideways and stared at him for a moment with one big eye flashing, then suddenly asked, “How was it?”
“How was what?” Luo XiaoLou said, disconcerted.
The golden dragon took two steps back and forth, coughed, and said seriously, “I’m begging. Ah, what do you think of me? Don’t you think we’re a good match? I am so robust, and your beast form must be very beautiful when you grow up. We are so suitable.”
“That…that’s impossible! I’m already married!” Luo XiaoLou shouted.
“Marriage is divorceable. I don’t care, my dear,” the golden dragon said, as he stared at him fondly.
Luo XiaoLou huffed, then said, “Saint Gerald.”
The golden dragon transformed into human form and walked up to Luo XiaoLou, “Call me, Gerald.”
“Well, Gerald, you don’t actually like me very much, do you?”
Gerald hesitated for a moment and said, “No, I have a crush on you. Besides, I’m an adult, and I’m at the age where I should seriously pursue a mate. I’m old enough to seriously pursue a mate, and I…I really like exotic beasts.”
Luo XiaoLou started to sweat. “Gerald, you shouldn’t be in a hurry to complete such a major life task. On our side, there are many beautiful and powerful exotic beasts. They are much better than me, and I’m already married. You can definitely choose a beautiful exotic beast who only has eyes for you.”
He watched Gerald, who looked coldly at him without speaking. His golden eyes were in a vertical pupil state. Luo XiaoLou carefully said, “If you need, I can help you introduce you to someone later.” God, he should be able to meet an exotic beast girl or two later…
“Really?! Then I want a white, fluffy one. Preferably with blue eyes! I think that’s what my first love should be.” Gerald was overjoyed. He considered it for a moment, and thought that since Luo XiaoLou didn’t want him anyway, then finding another equally beautiful exotic beast was acceptable to him.
Luo XiaoLou almost cried. “Mn…There should be one.”
While they were walking to the door, Gerald suddenly winked at Luo XiaoLou. “Exotic beasts aren’t vegetarian. Why did you pick so much grass?” Luo XiaoLou opened his mouth to speak, and Gerald threw him another wink. “Don’t worry, I won’t say anything to anyone else.”
Inside the Rhys family study, Duke Moga opened the box in his hand and took out a test tube. “This is the blood of that test subject?”
Yue Shang did not speak. His face looked a little pale, like he hadn’t rested well.
Su Lan nodded and said solemnly, “Yes, it was brought to you as you wanted.” Although she said so, Su Lan was a bit scared when she thought of the morning.
The man looked at her coldly, and with a wry smile as he asked her, “Are you sure you want my blood?”
At that moment, she trembled but still insisted. “Yes. After you draw the blood, put it inside the storage box on the desktop.” After she said that, she couldn’t help but turn her eyes away. She didn’t want to look at the man again.
The man grunted, but moved sharply to take the syringe on the desktop.
When Luo XiaoLou returned to the residence, Yuan Xi was in his study, with guards at the door and a number of people inside. Luo XiaoLou turned around and went back to the bedroom. 125 hesitated for a moment. and then went into the study on his own initiative.
The next day, Luo XiaoLou went to mine material once more. The third time, the mining was abandoned, because they finally had to leave.
After saying goodbye to the golden dragon, Luo XiaoLou followed Yuan Xi onto the military’s spaceship. Just as they were about to enter the hatch, Yuan Xi suddenly hugged and kissed Luo XiaoLou. When it was over, he glanced at Gerald outside, turned around and dragged Luo XiaoLou inside.
Luo XiaoLou’s heart held a small worry. The good thing was that although Yuan Xi knew that Gerald came to harass him, Rod didn’t have the courage to report that the golden dragon also stole a kiss from the Prince Consort, and only gave a vague statement. Moreover, what happened in the mining area, he simply didn’t know at all.
Luo XiaoLou only really relaxed once they entered the hatch. After he went back to organize his things, Luo XiaoLou intended to go to the conference room to look for Yuan Xi. Then he wanted to cook and celebrate for himself in the evening.
On the way, a soldier brushed past him.
Luo XiaoLou stopped and looked back at the soldier in surprise. The tall, thin soldier was obviously more sensitive than he was and turned around instantly. When he saw that Luo XiaoLou was looking at him, he stopped in his tracks.
Luo XiaoLou stared in awe as the soldier raised his hand and touched it to his face. A film was lifted off, and then the man smiled faintly at Luo XiaoLou.
Luo XiaoLou stared in surprise, and shouted, “ShaoTian?!”