Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Luo XiaoLou froze, then looked warily at Li Mo. He didn’t want any truth at all. Based on the lessons he learned in the past few days, it would only make his life more miserable.
He didn’t want anything now, he just wanted that guy Yuan Xi to remember him quickly, and then the two of them could live like before. Even though Yuan Xi always did nothing, and was also twisted, irritable, and unreasonable. But he was used to it.
Li Mo once again looked towards the washroom before he said, [It’s not a bad idea to tell you now. But I hope that whatever you hear, you’ll stay calm and collected, or I’ll knock you out and take you back.]
Luo XiaoLou glared at him and took several small steps back, secretly ready to escape at any time.
Li Mo saw Luo XiaoLou’s movements, but was too lazy to take care of him. In front of an adult beast, a young beast of any intelligence was helpless. He said, [When I returned this time, I opened the exotic beast’s sealed place, and found something. Together with the human side of the information from that year, I already almost know.]
Luo XiaoLou just blinked, so Li Mo continued. [Back then, before the war, the human and exotic beasts were, indeed, provoked by others. The despicable third party was hiding among the humans, and using the stupid humans’ calculations agains the exotic beasts. Back then –]
Luo XiaoLou’s eyes lit up and he said with some slight surprise, [You mean to say that humans and exotic beasts actually don’t have serious or irreconcilable conflicts and hatred?]
Li Mo claws itched. He glared at Luo XiaoLou and couldn’t help but raise his voice. [Focus. Pay attention to the point! We’re not talking about your peacemaking now!]
The pressure of the senior beast pressed on him head-on. Luo XiaoLou’s feet went weak and he flopped down on the big bed. He struggled to sit up again, as he put aside his main concern and muttered, [Okay, then what?]
[Back then, the third party used humans to secretly place a virus around the planet where the exotic beasts lived, including water sources and other plant and animal bodies. This new virus was hard to detect. It wasn’t very harmful to the measly humans, but it changed the genes of the exotic beasts.]
Luo XiaoLou licked his lips. [You mean biochemical weapons?]
Li Mo grunted in disgust. [You could say that, but it’s actually even more shameless. Decades passed, and by the time the exotic beasts started having problems, it was too late.]
Li Mo paused. A deep sadness and murderous intent emanated from his white body, and it took a while before he could speak. [First, the exotic beasts began to strangely disappear, die, or be captured by humans. The upper echelons soon discovered this abnormal situation and immediately began to focus their investigation. Although the exotic beast’s body should detect any condition, the medical research team found a terrible problem. Unknowingly, the exotic beast’s fighting ability was weakening, and it was even more obvious in the newborn of those decades. This was simply not in line with the basic situation of our exotic beast clan. The patriarch was furious, tracked it down, and later found the things done by the humans back then. That engendered hatred in the entire race, and the exotic beasts declared war on humans.]
It seemed like that war, in fact, couldn’t be blamed on the exotic beasts.
Luo XiaoLou moved twice uneasily, and asked, [That means, without knowing the truth, the war between humans and the exotic beast, has still been going on?]
[Hmph, even if our combat power has decreased, humans are far from being our opponents.] Li Mo said with a sneer, and gave Luo XiaoLou a glance. [Back then, the humans’ losses were great, but they have an enormous number of people. Still, they absolutely cannot extinguish the entire exotic beast race. That will happen in the final disaster, because the third party people have arrived.]
[They went to great lengths, decades of planning, not to exterminate the exotic beasts, because they had a more vicious plan.] Li Mo said, and turned his head to Luo XiaoLou. [I have to explain to you that this third party, strictly speaking, is not considered human, but is a species from ancient times. Because their reproduction method was too disgusting and perverted, and violated the supreme interstellar coexistence law, they were exterminated by the joint strangulation of civilizations at all levels.]
[What the hell was it?] Luo XiaoLou was puzzled. He had previously speculated that the third party back then could be the second level civilization, Telles, but from Li Mo’s information, it seemed that it wasn’t so.
[That kind of thing was called Protura, and it was tenacious in life, but the number of adult Protura was small. It needs to devour the flesh and blood of another species from egg to adult. Most importantly, they need to absorb powerful spiritual power for their growth. So, they targeted the exotic beasts in order to parasitize them for their Source of Consciousness. Although humans also have Spiritual Power, they are too weak to support the eggs until they reach adulthood, and die or have a mental breakdown.] Li Mo smiled coldly.
[But, apparently, they are equally attracted to humans as a source of flesh and blood for their growth process.]
Luo XiaoLou opened his mouth wide, and looked at Li Mo dumbly. [A parasitic monster? And, both humans and exotic beasts are in danger?]
Li Mo nodded. [At the end of the war, the exotic beast patriarch discovered that most of the exotic beasts had that thing in their bodies, and more than two-thirds of the exotic beasts were unable to control themselves. So the patriarch attracted most of the Protura to Blue Origin Star, then sacrificed half of the exotic beasts, and blew up the Blue Origin Star which was contaminated by Protura.]
[So the Protura had to hibernate again because of the heavy losses.]
In the aftermath, humans developed peacefully for so long, but in fact, for the exotic beasts, the hatred of the previous war couldn’t be completely erased.
Luo XiaoLou carefully asked, [Then you’ll let me go back…?]
Li Mo glanced at him. [Have you not found that your Source of Consciousness and mine are different? Before, in order to save you, I looked many places, and found a very interesting thing. Back then, your gene fragments were constantly copied and cultivated by humans, but never awakened. The genes awakened in you, because you are not only exotic beast bloodline, but also that of your father.]
Luo XiaoLou’s mind flashed back to Luo ChengYun’s cold and gloomy face, accompanied by the bone-chilling pain when Luo ChengYun injected him, he couldn’t help but shiver and asked nervously, [What. What do you mean?]
[Luo ChengYun carries another bloodline. This bloodline is likely higher than the Protura, so those Protura didn’t dare to provoke him. Nor did they dare to directly snatch you away. Luo ChengYun’s bloodline has mutated your Source of Consciousness so that it is resistant to the Protura’s erosion. This is also the reason why I came to pick you up. For those clansmen who are in a sleeping state, only you can wake them up and successfully remove the hatchling Protura from their bodies. Otherwise, even if I unfreeze them now, I will just get a bunch of crazy exotic beasts.]
Luo XiaoLou breathed a sigh of relief. [So that is it. With our relationship, as long as I have the ability, saving people is no problem.] After he said this, Luo XiaoLou swallowed and began to raise conditions. [But since the previous war between humans and exotic beasts was just a misunderstanding, after I save people, can the exotic beasts not start a war against humans again?]
Li Mo gave Luo XiaoLou a meaningful look. [Although we and humans had a misunderstanding before, the hatred of the war has been engraved in the two races. The maximum guarantee I can give you is that I will not start a war first.]
Luo XiaoLou immediately nodded. [Then it will be done. I’ll persuade Yuan Xi.]
Li Mo glared at Luo XiaoLou, who was dazzled by beauty, and said discontentedly, [He doesn’t even remember you now. How can you persuade him?]
Luo XiaoLou scratched the hair on his abdomen with both paws and said, not quite confidently, [I’ll make him remember…]
Li Mo sighed, and gave Luo XiaoLou an unforgiving look before he opened his mouth and said, [What I just told you, wasn’t just because you are the only one left outside with a senior exotic beast bloodline, and the bloodline of that Luo ChengYun’s clan. Because of that fact, the Protura moved on you. You are now carrying the eggs of the only king bug of the Protura race.]
Li Mo looked at Luo XiaoLou’s face. He looked like he’d been struck by lightning, Li Mo wanted to reach out and touch him, but finally just turned his face away and said softly, [It will take your body as flesh and blood, and feed on your spiritual power.]
It took Luo XiaoLou a long time to find his voice. [You mean I’ll be eaten?!] God, even after experiencing death once, he never thought that he would have to face this kind of horrible death.
Li Mo lowered his eyes. [No. Because of your bloodline, it can’t eat you. However, you will be assimilated by it. You will become it, and it will be you. You will become the king of the Protura, and then stand against both the humans and the exotic beasts.]
Luo XiaoLou stood there dumbfounded, completely unable to return to his senses. Two days ago he was thinking that reality probably couldn’t get any worse, but it turned out that the bottom line was just constantly going to break.
[Then, what about me?] Luo XiaoLou asked in despair.
Li Mo took two steps his way, then revealed a charming smile, [Brother, are you willing to self-sacrifice for our sake?]
Luo XiaoLou looked at Li Mo in a daze. Very few of the majority of exotic beasts could resist that charm. He sobbed. [Even so, I do not want to self-sacrifice, ah.] He was simply not suitable for what was a great sentiment of heroes.
Li Mo didn’t seem to be surprised. He was silent for a moment, then said, [Then you still have two options. One is to stay in the exotic beast clan and we will find a way to trap you.] Then he measured Luo XiaoLou’s size. [Well, since you look like this, it’s still okay to be a watchdog beast.]
Luo XiaoLou and 125 were frozen. In 125’s mind emerged a picture. A majestic exotic beast gate. On one side stood a mumu watchman beast, on the other side stood a watchman beast mecha, under countless wind, sun and rain, day after day. The poor watchman beast mecha was moss-covered and was growing mushrooms…
[What about the other option?] Luo XiaoLou asked with difficulty.
[The other one is to go back to the Protura and be their king.] Li Mo looked at Luo XiaoLou quietly. [In exchange for you saving all the exotic beasts, and since you’re still my brother, I’ll let you go if it’s your choice. However, if you choose to stay by Yuan Xi’s side, you will probably be the first to eat him when you are assimilated by the Protura. And that time is not too far away.]
Luo XiaoLou lowered his head, unable to digest the truth he had just learned. Only after a long time did he look up and say to Li Mo, [I’ll go with you tonight. I, I have to say goodbye to Yuan Xi.]
Li Mo looked at Luo XiaoLou, who was already in complete disarray, carelessly stroked the hair on his head, turned around and jumped towards the window sill.
125 looked at Luo XiaoLou who was staying on the bed, as he pretended to be dead. With tears in his eyes, he headed for his own little room. Maybe this was the last time he will have his own room. From now on he would only have the front door or something.
Wait! As he hung his head and went to his room, 125 suddenly thought of something. His tail suddenly stiffened, and he darted towards his room.
It wasn’t until a loud bang sounded by the bathroom door, that a muddled Luo XiaoLou came to his senses.
He looked back as Yuan Xi appeared in the bathroom doorway covered in blood.
Luo XiaoLou stared at Yuan Xi incredulously. How could a shower make him look like this?
Yuan Xi actually had other problems besides memory loss…
Luo XiaoLou got out of bed and ran to Yuan Xi’s side, held him up and opened his mouth, but found that he still couldn’t speak. He could only check his wounds as he guided him to the place where the treatment device was stored.
Yuan Xi caught his breath. He stared at Luo XiaoLou, for a long moment before he said coldly, “What are you doing like this!” He dragged Luo XiaoLou towards the bed, then grabbed the sheet and wrapped Luo XiaoLou up.
Luo XiaoLou hung his head. He didn’t know when he had changed back, and he was wearing nothing.
Luo XiaoLou looked at the hideous wound on Yuan Xi’s arm. His brow furrowed, and he gestured for Yuan Xi to hurry up and heal it. Yuan Xi, however, didn’t move. He looked down at Luo XiaoLou, then suddenly, violently pulled Luo XiaoLou over and hugged him tightly.