Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Luo XiaoLou looked at their coordinates on the star map. His fingers subconsciously touched it. The slightly dull planet in the void rapidly enlarged, and was finally large enough to obscure the entire map of the stars. Luo XiaoLou as he stood in front of it, looked as if he was suddenly swallowed by a black beast.
In the darkness, 125’s worried voice sounded, “This is the end. Today you have trained for ten hours, and your spiritual power consumption has reached its limit. I think you need to rest.”
He took out a small square handkerchief, and carefully wiped Luo XiaoLou’s forehead, which was covered in cold sweat. He watched Luo XiaoLou’s mental state slowly stabilize before he continued, “Moreover, we will soon reach our destination. Before that, you have to adjust yourself to the best state.”
With 125’s words, Luo XiaoLou exhaled deeply, and only then felt his mental exhaustion and his sticky, sweaty clothes. He nodded his head, and casually closed the star map.
The entire training room resumed its spacious and bright appearance, surrounded by some advanced training instruments. However, the purpose of those instruments was different from other training rooms. These were specifically used for training Spiritual Power.
Luo XiaoLou walked into the side bathroom. As the hot water sprinkled on his black hair, a red light came on and slid over his naked white skin. At the same time, Luo XiaoLou’s physical condition was quickly displayed on a transparent wall to the side.
When the red line scanned Luo XiaoLou’s chest, 125 suddenly emitted a blue light and halted the scanning process, though the data on the wall didn’t stop.
The data would soon be presented to the ship’s monitoring system, and finally compiled into the files of the people who were on the ship. These measurements were taken both to ensure the health of the people who rode the ship, so that timely treatment could be provided to patients, and for the safety of the entire ship.
Luo XiaoLou’s test data, on the other hand, was falsified by 125 ten days ago. The location of a foreign body could already be detected in his chest. If it was noticed by the AI system, the ship would immediately stop its voyage unless Luo XiaoLou was immediately frozen and sealed up.
No one knew how far Luo XiaoLou’s body had mutated, but he could feel the pressure in his chest every time he breathed.
Yuan Xi must have sensed something, because he hugged him tightly every time he slept.
Finally, after a month and a half of interstellar voyage, they were about to reach Stua, the asteroid on the edge of Federation.
The number of ships led by Yuan Xi had risen to twenty, and that was after half of the army had escorted the rescue ships away. After they broke out of the octopus people’s blockade, they encountered a number of evacuated fleets from other planets midway. All of them chose to follow their ships without hesitation.
Their choice proved to be incomparably wise and correct. No matter how many octopus people were in the way or how great their strength was, they managed to break through.
The newly joined army members soon learned with their methods of fighting and joined the training. As their ranks continued to grow as they marched, the last few lines of defense were successfully, and quickly, broken through.
When they reached the K7 space point, where the ships could make a space jump to a large rear area away from the battlefield, it was Yuan Xi’s intention was for the military to escort the rescue ships to safety.
Several senior generals of the military on board the ship asked the headquarters for permission to send half of their troops to Stua with Yuan Xi, since that the overall combat power of the army had increased by more than one level.
Luo XiaoLou exited the bathroom and headed for his room. He paused briefly as he passed Yuan Xi’s training room, but ultimately didn’t go forward, just turned around and left alone.
Yuan Xi’s training was much heavier than his. It was another obvious sign of Yuan Xi’s anxiety.
After Luo XiaoLou returned to their room, a pair of golden eyes lit up in the corridor as he passed, followed by a flash of white shadow that quickly disappeared. Within a short time, a knock sounded on the door of Yuan Xi’s training room.
Yuan Xi glanced outside, and tapped the button. The door opened silently, and a tall white figure walked in with elegant steps.
“He went back?” Yuan Xi asked, not stopping the training he was doing.
Cloudy Sky walked to a place not far from Yuan Xi and sat down. It said, “Yes. The symptoms today are the same as yesterday. That thing is not developing fast.” It moved its paws on the ground before it added, “With 125 around, that should help him control it some.”
Yuan Xi mned, then glanced at the data on the screen. It had reached a full score, so he started the next training.
Cloudy Sky quietly stood by, its tail swept to the side. A small screen was near and a silent video appeared. In the camera’s view, Luo XiaoLou stood numbly in front of Yuan Xi training room door. His soft hair made face appear more pale. While his dark eyes unblinkingly looked ahead, their gaze deep and tender.
As the most powerful weapon, the most advanced AI, Cloudy Sky couldn’t understand the meaning of love at all. But when it recalled the small eyes filled with moving tears as 125 explained, and the few films he passed along, it felt deeply that love was something mind-boggling.
However, if it happened between its owner and the person who gave it a new life, it would be happy to see it happen. It would be willing to help Yuan Xi guard his lover. After all, Luo XiaoLou made him extra comfortable and satisfied every time he helped it with maintenance and repairs.
Late that night, Yuan Xi finally finished his last training session just before they arrived at Stua.
After he returned to his room, Yuan Xi took only a short time in the bathroom then gently walked over to the bed as he wiped his wet hair, and looked at the person wrapped in the covers as he slept in their bed.
Cloudy Sky, who was about to enter the small room next door, gave Yuan Xi a puzzled look, and wondered why he was still keen on sneaking a peek at Luo XiaoLou after they had been married for so long. Cloudy Sky entered the door, and lowered its head on the way to pick up 125 who was staring at the door with glowing eyes. Then it tossed him back into his crib despite his struggles and small curses.
Yuan Xi threw the towel on the floor, and was about to go to bed when the communication device on his wrist suddenly lit up.
Seeing the name, Yuan Xi frowned and pressed no. After a few seconds, the communication device continued to light up indefatigably. He gave the communication device a cold look, got up, walked away from the bed and went into the next room.
125’s tail, which couldn’t stop wagging in the crib quietly stopped moving when Yuan Xi came in. Yuan Xi clicked to accept the communication and didn’t say anything. The person on the other side of the communication device obviously knew his character well and spoke first, “Yuan Xi, don’t cut the communication. I, I have something very important to ask you…I’m begging you.”
The voice was slightly trembling, fearful in its trepidation.
The man waited for a while, but found that Yuan Xi had no intention to speak at all. He wasn’t even sure if Yuan Xi was listening or not, but there was no time to waste, so he could only continue. “Yuan Xi, can you…can you come and help me? I know that after I left with those people, I am no longer qualified to seek protection from you, but only you can help me. Yuan Xi, for the sake of our growing up together, help me.”
Yuan Xi’s icy voice finally rang out. “What do you want?”
“Yuan Xi, can you come over here? I need to get out of here, Yuan Xi. Take me out of here. Their purpose is about to be achieved. They will use me to take full control of Federation, then I will be the sinner of Federation-“
Yuan Xi’s eyes showed his doubts, but he quickly said, “That’s impossible, Yue Shang. Go find your escort. I won’t leave Luo XiaoLou now.”
On the opposite side, Yue Shang fell silent. Just as Yuan Xi was about to cut off the communication, he suddenly said, “You’re near Stua now, right? I’m right on Stua. A trip over won’t waste much of your time. Moreover, you will definitely regret it if you don’t come. I know you’re anxious to solve the matter of the Protura in Luo XiaoLou’s body. I also know that, besides me, they won’t let Luo XiaoLou go either. I know about a conspiracy with Luo XiaoLou that you absolutely can’t hide from, if you don’t take any precautions. Even if it’s not for me, then for him. You’re not coming?”
“Yuan Xi, do you know, in my heart, you are more important, and closer than anyone else? Even Su Lan can’t compare to our love from childhood. So many years of affection, have you forgotten all of it? If you need me, if your life is in danger, I will go wherever you are.” Yue Shang’s voice became sadder and sadder, with a hint of choking as he swallowed the last words that came to his lips. For Yuan Xi, he was willing to do anything.
Yuan Xi’s finger hovered over the button to end the communication. Finally he said coldly, “Where are you?”
Yue Shang breathed a sigh of relief and sent over an address.
Early the next morning, Luo XiaoLou woke up to the gray sky over the asteroid.
He looked at Yuan Xi, who rarely stayed inside at this time. “Is it possible that we will see Father and the others soon?” With the speed of the ship, it could soon reach the Empire’s base after they left the asteroid.
Yuan Xi touched Luo XiaoLou’s head. His fingers habitually slid to his face, then withdrew when they were about to touch his lips. He gave him a deep look and said, “Let’s go to a place first and save a person.”
Luo XiaoLou nodded, he concentrated on suppressing the strange restlessness in his heart, which had grown more intense the closer he got to the asteroid.
Half an hour later, several ships came to a halt. One of them opened its hatch, and a white mecha flew out.
Shen Yuan found Luo XiaoLou, who was making a super energy box, in the workroom and asked with a frown, “Where is Yuan Xi going at a time like this? Why did you let him go out alone?”
Luo XiaoLou’s hands, in the heavenly silk gloves, moved swiftly. An energy box was quickly assembled and then handed to the waiting 125 next to him test the data.
He wiped his sweat, and replied, “He didn’t say, but it looks like he’s in a hurry.”
Shen Yuan pursed his lips, a look of disapproval on his face. “What could be more urgent than getting to the compound-“
Shen Yuan didn’t finish his words as a piercing alarm suddenly sounded in Luo XiaoLou’s room, and the red ultra-hazardous indicator began to flash incessantly.
Luo XiaoLou and Shen Yuan were astonished. 125 jumped up. Luo XiaoLou’s room system was under his control. Even if someone was an expert, it would be difficult to get in.
Then, Luo XiaoLou who was facing the wall saw a flash. A huge screen appeared, followed by a wave of sound. The picture finally cleared up, as a person appeared on the screen.
When he saw the person clearly, Shen Yuan stood up in surprise and shouted breathlessly, “Your Majesty the Queen!”
125 also stopped his testing procedures in shock, and stared at the powder blue swaddling clothes in Feng JiaLing’s hand on the screen.
Only Luo XiaoLou stared coldly at the person. After a moment, he asked, “Who are you?”
The ‘Feng JiaLing’ on the screen looked out, with a noble and elegant smile on his lips that people could not help but worship, and slowly said, “It seems that you have finally evolved into a complete body, and can actually see though my disguise clearly.”
The unfamiliar voice made Shen Yuan realize that something was wrong, while 125 instantly straightened his body.
The person’s face gradually blurred, and after an uncomfortable fluctuation, it had become a different person altogether. This person had only one arm, which held the swaddling clothes, while the other sleeve was empty.
That person raised his head and looked at Luo XiaoLou with a sneer. “Last time in the Grey Hole, you guys gave me a big gift. I’ve been wondering how to repay you.”
Luo XiaoLou’s heart sank. His eyes involuntarily turned to the swaddling clothes in his hand, and a strong uneasiness rose in his heart.
The grey-green fingers under the cover of the sleeves came out and lifted the corner of the swaddling clothes so that it was facing the screen. He said grimly, “Although the queen is a fake, this newborn little prince of the Empire is real. I personally went to the King’s palace to take it out.”
As he said that, he raised his arm up, so that the child’s face was closer to the screen.
Probably being held like that very was uncomfortable, because the little baby in the swaddling clothes frowned. His small face darkened, and he looked very angry. At the sight of Luo XiaoLou, the little baby’s dark eyes suddenly lit up, his body began to twist and turn. A small hand reached out towards the screen, and as his arm waved, two round things were faintly visible in the swaddling clothes.
Being held up by that ugly arm, the little baby should be extremely uncomfortable, but while he had a suffocated, red face, he didn’t cry, and his other hand was trying its best to press the two round things down.
Luo XiaoLou, however, felt like he was going to cry as he looked at Qian Heng with red eyes. He controlled his emotions, and asked with as little expression as possible, “What do you want?”
More importantly, he wasn’t sure if Qian Heng himself knew that this kidnapping was a buy one, get two free. All three of their children were brought here. None of them were left.
Qian Heng smiled faintly, and put the swaddling clothes back again. “Very simple. You come over here. Come from your ship all the way forward, alone, with no mecha or weapons, unless you want your son to die in front of you.”
Luo XiaoLou looked at Qian Heng quietly for a moment, and said. “Good.” After he said that, he got up and walked towards the door of the room, and never looked at the baby again. That stubborn child who looked exactly like Yuan Xi.
Qian Heng on the big screen disappeared triumphantly, while Shen Yuan and 125 both chased after Luo XiaoLou, and headed out.
Shen Yuan said worriedly, “That’s a trap. His purpose is to get you.”
125 jumped on Luo XiaoLou’s shoulder, and twisted around twice. “I…I’ll go with you.”
“No. Qian Heng is an exotic beast. He can feel you,” Luo XiaoLou quickly replied, as his footsteps kept going towards the hatch.
As he was passing through the lobby, he was stopped. Ling Xu was standing there, waiting for him with the leaders, who already knew what was going on. Qian Heng was probably extremely confident, and didn’t do more than hack the system without keeping the transmission secret.
“You can’t go by yourself. It’s too dangerous.” Ling Xu stepped in front of Luo XiaoLou.
“I don’t have a choice.”
Ling Xu moved his lips, and finally asked in annoyance, “Where did Yuan Xi go at a time like this?”
“He had something.” Luo XiaoLou’s mind was full of that child’s eyes. He just wanted to get his child as soon as possible.
“What’s more important than saving your own son?” Ling Xu said indignantly.
Luo XiaoLou didn’t say that Yuan Xi was also there to save someone. At the time, Yuan Xi didn’t know that his child was in danger. He just looked squarely at the people in front of him, and said, “He is also my son. You should trust me. I’ll bring him back.”
All the people felt Luo XiaoLou’s determination. More importantly, Yuan Xi wasn’t there. No one could stop Luo XiaoLou. Even if they were forced to, who would be responsible for the safety of the newborn little prince?
Ling Xu hesitated and said, “Try to make an appointment with that person in an open place, and we will help you rescue the little prince.”
Luo XiaoLou nodded this time. He knew his strength. If it was only Qian Heng alone, he was still somewhat sure, but if Qian Heng had helpers, it would be very dangerous.
The hatch opened once again, but this time Luo XiaoLou walked out alone. He didn’t pilot a mecha. The wind on the asteroid blew from the wilderness, and his clothes tossed with the wind, more thin and thin.
Yue Shang sat quietly by the window. After he received Yuan Xi’s message, he returned the words: I’ll wait for you.
His face flooded with joy, he went back and forth twice in the room, and he finally couldn’t resist, as he opened the door and walked out. As his excited steps turned the corner, a tall man with a smile approached from afar, followed by two teams of guards.
Yue Shang’s face instantly paled as the man approached him, and his white gloved fingers lifted to caress Yue Shang’s face.
Yue Shang immediately dodged back. The man’s fingers fell short. He didn’t remark on it, just smiled lightly and said, “Where do you plan to go?” The man waved his hand, and the men behind him immediately came over, picked up Yue Shang, gagged him, and followed him outside.