Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The next day, Mu Chen and Shen Yuan both arrived early at Luo XiaoLou’s workroom. Regardless of Luo XiaoLou’s identity, since he arrived at the Ministry of the Military, the Ministry’s mecha R&D department had gained more than a few things, and the top brass could hardly stop smiling.
Luo XiaoLou was also very happy to see Mu Chen and Shen Yuan, and after they entered the workroom, Luo XiaoLou thought of the lake water that could replenish Spiritual Power, and sent it in for the two of them. For Mu Chen and Shen Yuan, this was a pleasant surprise.
The Grade 10 materials that Heavenly Winter was asked to help find had also been sent over, but the two mercenaries’ materials were not included with it, as they waited for Luo XiaoLou to return to give that to him personally.
Luo XiaoLou asked Manager Gao to contact the two people to come straight to the military headquarters and save a trip. He was too busy these days. If they came over, they could provide the remaining half of the commission and he would also be able to help with the debugging.
Manager Gao didn’t wait long to return the message and said that in half an hour, the Wu brothers would send over the materials.
The Grade 10 materials in the room were enough for six Tier 10 mecha. Luo XiaoLou didn’t dare to not do more preparation. This time there was no way back. Half an hour later, a soldier at the door informed Luo XiaoLou that the person with his materials had arrived.
Luo XiaoLou came out of his workroom, and went to the reception room outside where a young man was waiting. It was none other than Wu Qiu. Wu Qiu, who had probably never been to such a place before, sat on the sofa with discomfort and a slight wariness as he carefully looked around.
When Luo XiaoLou appeared, he was obviously relieved, and immediately stood up. “Your Highness, here are the delivered items for you.”
Luo XiaoLou said a hurried thanks, and took the box of material in Wu Qiu’s hand. However, he was surprised that 125, who was usually enthusiastic to take over, didn’t move. He glanced down at the necklace that kept flashing, but could only first hand over the space button prepared for Wu Qiu. “This is the other half of the commission. You can look at it, and tell me if there is anything you need me to debug.”
Then Luo XiaoLou put the material box on the table, and began to check and organize.
When Wu Qiu got the space button, he was a little excited and wanted to say goodbye right away. But after he heard Luo XiaoLou say that he could help with debugging, he immediately thought of the things that his big brother had said. Outside, they could hardly get a Tier 6 mecha, and, even if it was just debugging, any Level 6 mecha maker that they hired would charge quite a lot. Not to mention that they may not be able to debug it at all.
After he hesitated for a while, Wu Qiu swallowed the words he wanted to say and waited quietly at the side for Luo XiaoLou.
The materials were easily inventoried. Not only were they all of top quality, but there were also larger amounts. Obviously, because the mecha he gave them was a level higher than what they had requested, the two brothers had made up for it wherever possible.
Luo XiaoLou smiled and thanked him. Wu Qiu, his face a little red, told him about the adjustments that needed to be made.
The Tier 6 mecha were assembled by Luo XiaoLou, so it didn’t take long for him to adjust them. He handed the space button back to Wu Qiu and added. “If there’s a problem, you can come find me.”
Wu Qiu nodded gratefully, then looked at Luo XiaoLou’s smiling face. His heart moved slightly. He looked around. The room was empty except for him and Luo XiaoLou. He opened his mouth to say something, then remembered his brother’s admonitions and his eyes dimmed. Wu Qiu felt that if he stayed any longer, he would only get more tangled up, so he quickly said goodbye to Luo XiaoLou and left the workroom.
The soldier who had led Wu Qiu over, also brought him back. However, when he was almost out of the door, another officer happened to come up the side passage. When he saw Wu Qiu, the man looked him up and down, thoughtfully.
Wu Qiu likewise noticed the officer’s gaze, and he suddenly felt an inexplicable familiarity that sent chills through his body. Wu Qiu shuddered, stopped in his tracks, lowered his head and moved to the side to let the man pass first. The officer didn’t withdraw his gaze until he was past Wu Qiu and headed out.
Wu Qiu felt his legs go weak, and leaned against the wall next to him. The soldier who was escorting him out walked over, suspicious. “What’s going on? Are you sick?”
Wu Qiu shook his head and forced a smile. “Nothing. It’s a previous problem. I’ll be fine later. Sorry for the delay, I’ll be leaving now.”
“It’s not a problem. If you need a doctor, just say so. It’s very near here anyway.”
Wu Qiu excused himself very firmly. He just wanted to leave this place immediately. When he looked up to walk out, Wu Qiu was surprised to find that there were now two soldiers in front of him.
A faint cold sweat appeared on his forehead. He hurried to thank the soldiers for their trouble and quickly left. From his previous encounter, he knew that one of the two men just now was the officer.
No matter what, this was his best chance to get out.
Luo XiaoLou brought the materials back to the workroom. He had the best materials in this room and after sorting them, Luo XiaoLou began to process the materials. Grade 10 materials were much more laborious to handle than Grade 7 or 8. Even though he was rich in Yuan Power, he had to replenish it several times.
Moreover, this time he didn’t stop until Yuan Xi came and knocked on the door. After he emerged, he realized that the indicator light for Shen Yuan and Mu Chen’s workroom was still lit up.
Luo XiaoLou felt a pang of guilt. After he wandered around outside the door twice, he was planning to knock, when a leisurely voice behind him made him stop. “Mu Chen knows his limits. You don’t have to worry about him.”
He looked back and it turned out to be Master Hebrew.
Luo XiaoLou nodded as well when he saw the spirited old man. Then he followed Yuan Xi and left.
Not long after, Master Yan also walked into the studio specially designated for Luo XiaoLou. When he saw the condition of Sheng Yuan and Mu Chen’s workroom, Master Yan’s eyes flashed with gratification. “If they work together to complete a Tier 10 mecha, Sheng Yuan and Mu Chen will definitely have a breakthrough.”
Master Hebrew also nodded his head in satisfaction. It was one of the reasons he asked Mu Chen to help. The more advanced one got, the more difficult it was to make a breakthrough. It often required tens or even hundreds of years without advancement, but chance opportunities could create miracles.
The two old men then moved into Luo XiaoLou’s workroom. They went to the worktable and examined the carefully sorted and arranged processed materials.
Master Hebrew swept a glance and then said, “This is the raw material for the third design.”
Master Yan nodded and placed his hand on top of one of the materials. After a moment, he put his hand down, and looked at the table again.
“You’ve noticed, haven’t you, that your apprentice handles the material far better than someone of his rank. Moreover, the amount of his work is very…amazing.” Master Hebrew said with a smile.
Master Yan frowned slightly. “What’s the matter? It’s just that my apprentice’s Spiritual Power talent is good, ah.”
Master Hebrew grunted. This hard headed fool wouldn’t admit anything.
When the two came out, Master Yan reluctantly said, “This kind of thing, don’t say it to others.”
Master Hebrew raised his eyebrows, angry. Since when did he need to be reminded by this old man to do things? His mouth turned, but he said, “Okay. Let your baby apprentice bring me a bottle of Super Quenching Gold Liquid next time, and I’ll consider it.”
Master Yan immediately blew up. An invisible and huge Spiritual Power wave went at Master Hebrew. “Fuck off! Even if he buys it back later, there is also filial respect for this old man. That has nothing to do with you!”
Master Hebrew waved his hand and lightly dissolved Master Yan’s attack. He looked at him with a smile. “You want to exchange things? We can change places and avoid disturbing those two boys.”
Master Yan looked at the ground in anger and went out first.
After Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou returned to the house that evening, Yuan Xi beckoned Luo XiaoLou to join him in the bathroom. Luo XiaoLou could see the way he looked at him as he gazed into Yuan Xi’s obvious lustful eyes. The look of desire. Luo XiaoLou didn’t hesitate much. He put down the design he had taken out, got up and walked over.
Yuan Xi was satisfied and embraced Luo XiaoLou while he sat on the edge of the bed, and began to undress both of them, as he embraced the little slave and kissed him. Luo XiaoLou leaned on Yuan Xi and could almost feel the firm muscles under his clothes. Because of Yuan Xi’s movements inside his own clothes, Luo XiaoLou’s hands and feet soon became soft.
His face also took on a slight red color, while Yuan Xi’s eyes got brighter and brighter.
Just as he was about to remove Luo XiaoLou’s coat, there was a sudden knock on the door outside.
Luo XiaoLou panicked, halted Yuan Xi’s hand that wanted to continue moving, and said to the prince who was going to pretend that there was no one in the house, “I…I’ll go check.”
Yuan Xi suppressed his anger and stopped, then moved to put Luo XiaoLou’s clothes back together, though he didn’t bother to fasten the buttons and walked out of the bedroom to the living room door.
Soon, Luo XiaoLou heard the voice of Yuan Xi’s valet, full of fear and trepidation, poor guy. Since Rod left, he had become familiar with Yuan Xi’s temperament and habits, and the young man didn’t suffer any less under Yuan Xi’s anger.
Luo XiaoLou intended to go to the bathroom first, when Yuan Xi suddenly called out to him from the living room. Luo XiaoLou went out, suspicious, and found the almost handless squire was standing in the living room with a dozen attendants, all of whom were holding brand new coats and hats.
“What are you doing?”
The squire busily saluted him, and then said, “Your Highness, these are the new uniforms and gifts for the two Highnesses. Because the Highnesses are so busy during the day, we had to come over and disturb you at this time.”
Yuan Xi picked some for Luo XiaoLou, and gave them Luo XiaoLou’s size. Then he had the attendant measure his size. He said to Luo XiaoLou, “You go and pick my style, as you like.”
Luo XiaoLou looked at Yuan Xi’s clothes, imagined a bit, and suddenly felt that what he let Yuan Xi wear was very good-looking, and with a spurt of jealousy, Luo XiaoLou quickly picked out the clothes.
The attendant breathed a sigh of relief, quickly bowed to the dark-faced Yuan Xi and excused himself. Yuan Xi put his arm around Luo XiaoLou and resumed the walk to the bathroom.
Due to the night’s long tossing and turning, Luo XiaoLou and Yuan Xi arrived at the military headquarters much later than usual.
When Luo XiaoLou got there, he was surprised to find the reception room outside the studio a mess. The sofa even had huge cracks. He looked around, dumbfounded for a couple of seconds. Was this a robbery? Soon, a soldier came over to clean up and tidy up the room, but when Luo XiaoLou asked, they all shook their heads and said it was fine.
Luo XiaoLou gave up on the question. Then he found that Mu Chen and Shen Yuan’s workroom indicator light was still lit. The two hadn’t gone back at all last night.
When he thought of Master Hebrew’s words, Luo XiaoLou only looked worriedly, twice, and went to his own workroom.
Three days later, Luo XiaoLou finished processing the last materials. The other two people, who were almost sleepless, finally came out of their respective workrooms and handed over the materials they were responsible for to Luo XiaoLou.
Luo XiaoLou looked at the two tired people and his heart was touched. He just wanted to let them go back to rest for two days, but his eyes suddenly stopped on Mu Chen. After a while, Luo XiaoLou turned to look at Shen Yuan.
Both people gazed at him with a smile. Even in the usually indifferent Mu Chen, there was a hint of joy in his eyes. “Level 8 Spiritual Power?”
This was still conservative. Luo XiaoLou felt that Mu Chen’s Spiritual Power was likely to reach Level 9, while Shen Yuan was at the top of Level 8.
Both of them nodded, Shen Yuan said with a smile, “We’ll come back tomorrow. You shouldn’t be too worried.”
Luo XiaoLou got busy sending the two out, then he took a deep breath, and formally began to make the Grade 10 mecha parts. However this time, even if he didn’t hold back with his Yuan Power in the slightest, when he used his copying ability, he could only make two identical two pieces, not the usual four.
When he saw that level of efficiency, Luo XiaoLou also wanted to stay in the workshop day and night, but the various aspects of a family man were fully reflected at this time. There was no way Yuan Xi would let him stay in the military department, and leave the arrogant and domineering prince alone in his empty bed.
From the day after he began preparing the parts, every morning, two more boxes always came to his workroom that contained the manufactured Grade 10 mecha parts. Luo XiaoLou was surprised because the craftsmanship was more than twice as good as his. It seemed that his master and Master Hebrew had stepped in to help.
Four days later, Luo XiaoLou’s six sets of Grade 10 mecha parts were finally finished.
After that, all the people on Luo XiaoLou’s side of the workroom left since the assembly stage could only be done alone.
Before Luo XiaoLou began assembling, Master Yan called Luo XiaoLou aside. “Because you stressed to me that the Tier 10 mecha had to be done, and I saw that your preparation of it was also very attentive, I haven’t tried to stop you. However, before you assemble it, there are a few words that I want to say.”
For the first time, Master Yan didn’t discipline him, and also had a rare seriousness, so Luo XiaoLou stood up. “Master, say it.”
Master Yan frowned before he touched the teacup in his hand, then said, “There are not many masters of imperial mecha manufacturing, but do you know why Tier 9 mecha are also very rare, and Tier 10 mecha are even more so?”
“The few Tier 10 mecha are because we lacked the Super Quenching Gold Liquid, but why Tier 9 mecha are so rare…I’m not sure.” Luo XiaoLou cautiously looked at Old Man Yan. With his Master’s skills, and now that there was Super Quenching Gold Liquid, his Tier 10 mecha success rate might be higher than his, and Tier 9 mecha should not be a problem at all, ah.
Master Yan’s face became even more serious. “It is because most masters, even when manufacturing Tier 9 mecha, can only make one within a year. The more difficult it is, the greater the interval of time between production.”
Looking at Luo XiaoLou’s puzzled expression, Master Yan knocked on the table and continued. “This is because of the consumption of Spiritual Power. In the production of Tier 9 mecha, during the final stage of completion the Spiritual Power required, even for a master, is high. Their Spiritual Power is severely overspent. If, for example, one’s Spiritual Power is severely overspent more than twice in a year, then that person’s Spiritual Power will not grow no matter how much it is exercised.”
Luo XiaoLou’s mouth opened wide. He…had hardly thought of that.
“I know you have reagents that instantly raise Spiritual Power, but I also want to remind you, Tier 10 mecha and Tier 9 mecha also need to be treated differently. In the final moment of completion, the Spiritual Power they need is even more incalculable. Even if you have reagents, it will take time to replenish them, and you won’t have much time to replenish Spiritual Power. That is to say, Spiritual Power overrun is inevitable.” Master Yan’s eyes looked sternly at Luo XiaoLou.
“So, this is what I am asking of you. When it comes to that moment, don’t try to be brave. You are so talented at mecha manufacturing, the only one I have met in so many years, and I don’t want you to ruin yourself at such a young age.” Master Yan got up and walked to Luo XiaoLou, and put one hand on his shoulder. He finally said, “If it’s not possible. I’d rather you give up.”
Master Yan’s hand clapped his shoulder, then he turned and went out of the workroom. Luo XiaoLou stood dumbfounded. Although he didn’t turn back, Master Yan’s usually proud and straight back was slightly hunched up.
Luo XiaoLou clenched his fist, and looked at 125 next to him. 125 didn’t dare make a sound, but with an anxious face, turned and headed into the workroom. Luo XiaoLou then deliberately instructed the soldiers; no matter who, not for a million urgent matters, absolutely do not disturb him.
For the first few days, every day Luo XiaoLou came out of the room with a tired face. No one asked him how it was going, not even Yuan Xi. He just came over and waited outside for Luo XiaoLou so they could go home together.
On this day, when Luo XiaoLou arrived at the military headquarters, he suddenly pulled at Yuan Xi as he was leaving and asked, “Are you busy today?”
Yuan Xi was startled and quickly said, “My brother is coming back today, so I am going to take time off.”
Luo XiaoLou hesitated for a moment before he said, “If you’re free, I’d like you to come over with me today.”
Yuan Xi spoke a few words to the attending officer behind him then he escorted Luo XiaoLou directly to the mecha R&D department. Under the astonished gaze of the soldiers at the entrance of the studio, Yuan Xi directly followed Luo XiaoLou into the workroom, and then the silver-white door was closed.
Yuan Xi hugged Luo XiaoLou’s waist from behind. “Don’t be nervous. I’ll be watching you. Nothing will happen.”
Luo XiaoLou nodded and looked at Yuan Xi, who silently found a place to sit by himself. 125 also braved a million deaths to sit next to Yuan Xi.
Luo XiaoLou took a deep breath, looked at the two Tier 10 mecha on the ground that had been scrapped, and began to work on the third Tier 10 mecha.
Although two were scrapped, Luo XiaoLou didn’t feel bad about it. In fact, those two mecha were used for his experiments. With the use of a little of the Super Quenching Gold Liquid, he was looking for a feeling.
And today he thought he had found that feeling, so he was going to truly assemble the mecha.
After he thought about what Master Yan said, Luo XiaoLou had called on Yuan Xi. If there really was a problem, only if Yuan Xi was with him could he feel assured.
While he assembled, Luo XiaoLou drummed up his Yuan Force and used it for copying. He knew that sometimes this feeling sought but wasn’t available. This time he was more than eighty percent sure and wanted to use all of it.
Around him, there was a circle of lake water held in cups.
Luo XiaoLou closed his eyes and moved skillfully to start building up. In the past two days, he had memorized all the steps by heart. After Luo XiaoLou closed his eyes, Yuan Xi, who hadn’t been paying attention to him, turned his head and watched Luo XiaoLou with rapt attention.
Soon a day passed. Yuan Xi looked out the door and used his communication device to inform the soldiers that there was no need to come over. Yuan Xi first sat then lay on the sofa while 125 was squeezed onto the carpet.
Luo XiaoLou’s heart flashed through one step after another, and his fingers moved without any hesitation. Eighty percent, ninety percent…ninety-nine percent.
Luo XiaoLou’s left hand moved and two bottles of Super Quenching Gold Liquid appeared above the two mecha. He paused for a breath, and 125 ran up to pass a glass of water to Luo XiaoLou’s mouth, an action he had repeated many times that day. Yuan Xi didn’t move. He kept his eyes focused on Luo XiaoLou, and didn’t even glance at 125.
After Luo XiaoLou finished drinking the water, 125 stood next to him while Luo XiaoLou moved his hands and finally started the last step.
The golden-colored Super Quenching Gold Liquid spread over each mecha, and the newborn Tier 10 bio-mecha slowly revealed their true form. And at the same time, Luo XiaoLou felt his whole body being replenished with Yuan Power as it flew in two directions.
The sweat on his forehead began to gradually drip. In Luo XiaoLou’s calculations, the last step should be completed within ten minutes, but he felt like the moment was infinitely prolonged, and he felt intense pain throughout his entire body.
He couldn’t resist screaming out, and a strange sound resounded inside the room.
After such severe pain, he saw Cyril, 125, and finally Yuan Xi. If he didn’t want Yuan Xi to lose half of his life because of him; if he wanted to help 125 and Cyril; he had to succeed.
Then a moist feeling wrapped around him, and his Yuan Power, which was already far overdrawn, once again flowed into the two mecha.
In the middle of the night, Yuan Xi walked out, carrying his man wrapped in a long blanket.
The soldiers at the door had already changed twice and were relieved to see the two highnesses finally emerge.
Yuan Xi nodded to the people on either side of him, and walked out like the wind, as his attendants hurriedly followed behind him. Yuan Xi reached the hovercar, told the attendant in front of him to go home, and raised the middle flap.
Then he casually threw the person in his arms to the side, and carefully cradled a white-furred animal in his arms.
Forced to transform into Luo XiaoLou’s equivalent, 125 was in tears. Oh my God, Yuan Xi holding him in his arms was so scary! Luo XiaoLou, how do you endure being married to someone so terrible?!